Scotland: Steve McCormack's 'home truths' inspire fightback

Scotland coach Steve McCormack
McCormack's half-time team talk paid dividends against France

Steve McCormack hopes Scotland's "sensational" second-half performance against France proves enough to win the European Championship.

The Bravehearts fought back from 32 points down to lose 38-22 at Netherdale.

And, by reducing the margin of defeat to under 18 points, Scotland can still win the title, so long as Ireland do not beat Wales by more than 41 points.

"We said a few home truths at half-time," said McCormack.

"That wasn't the Scotland way in the first half. All credit to France, who were too quick for us and offloaded like the French can do.

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"We wanted a bit more honesty, a bit more desire.

"We also mentioned that we had an awful lot to play for in the second half, firstly our pride but secondly because we were still in with a chance because of how we played in our two other games."

Ireland take on Wales in Wrexham on Sunday hoping to win by enough points to finish above Scotland in the table.

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

France coach Richard Agar said the outcome of Friday's match illustrated the "inadequacies of the tournament".

"You were probably going to get two teams finishing on two wins," he said.

"Whoever wins the tournament, it will probably be by a very marginal points difference. I just think with the massive prize at the end of it, perhaps there should be a final and I would have said that had we won by two more points.

"It would give the competition a little bit more credence. They could even replicate what they've done with Fiji and Samoa in the southern hemisphere and put the final on next year to give both teams an opportunity to get their top men out."