European Championship: Scotland 22-38 France

Danny Brough
Huddersfield's Danny Brough captained Scotland to the quarter-final of the Rugby League World Cup last year

Scotland remain in contention to win the European Championship title despite defeat by France at Netherdale.

Ben Kavanagh crossed and Danny Brough converted to give Scotland a 6-0 lead.

But Remy Marginet's hat-trick of tries was added to by Jason Baitieri, Eloi Pelissier, Aurelian Decarnin and Tony Gigot as as the French took control.

Ben Hellewell and Adam and Jonathan Walker crossed for the home side and reducing the margin of defeat to under 18 points keeps them in contention.

Ireland need to beat Wales by 41 points on Sunday to finish above Scotland.

The tournament winner will secure a place in the 2016 Four Nations along with Australia, England and New Zealand.

European Champion- ship tablePWDLFAPts
Scotland320189604
France320192664
Ireland210126372
Wales200240840

Steve McCormack's Bravehearts had beaten Wales and Ireland in the build-up to meeting France in Galashiels, one of Scotland's biggest rugby union hubs.

France coach Richard Agar was forced into a late reshuffle when winger Damien Cardace damaged a quad muscle in the warm-up and the visitors were caught napping in the opening minutes when loose forward Kavanagh forced his way over from close range. Brough added the extras.

That heartened the 1,500-strong crowd but their enthusiasm was dampened when Marginet ran on to Theo Fages's speculative kick to touch down. Marginet added the conversion for Les Tricolours.

Baitieri and Pelissier also took advantage of Scotland's struggling defence and Decarnin and Gigot went over after Marginet had added two more tries.

The Scots faced an almighty task to turn the match around but improved in the second period with Hellewell showing a nice turn of pace to reduce the deficit.

And tries from the Walker brothers boosted the home side's chances with Brough taking his tally with the boot to six.

Scotland's hopes now rest on Wales' ability to contain Ireland in Wrexham.

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