France 20 Scotland 42
The star for Scotland was Adrian Vowles, a regular loose forward for Castleford who played at standoff in this game. Vowles set up four of the side's seven tries with bombs near the line and some deft passing to put players into gaps.
This was Scotland's first win against France: the Scots went down 22-20 at Glasgow in 1997 and in 1998 France beat them again 26-22 in Perpignan. Scotland had a disappointing time in the last World Cup, but performed strongly in this match. The commitment of its players bodes well for proposals to expand this summer's internationals into a regular 'five nations' tournament.
Also the RLIF has to bring in a rule that says along the lines of "if you can’t play the mid-week representative match, you cannot play the weekend match either," which will stop players pulling out with ‘fake’ injuries.
Tries: 2x D.Arnold, 2x J.Flowers, M.Crowther, D.Maiden, N.Lowe
Goals: Matt Crowther 7
Tries: V.Snick, S.Houles, P. Jampy R. Sort
Goals: Dulac 2
Crowd: 3,200 (Capacity around 3,500)