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France beats Scotland 36-18

France beats Scotland 36-18

Jerome Guisset returned to Canberra and scored two tries to lead France to a 36-18 win over Scotland on Sunday in the rugby league World Cup.
The French, featuring 12 players from Super League club Catalans, were never behind after fullback Jared Taylor finished off an attacking raid in the 16th minute.
But Scotland played above pre-match expectations. The Scots equalized in the 19th minute when Jon Steel went over in the corner and halfback Danny Brough converted from the left touch line.
But France scored twice again before the break when Guisset burrowed over amid four tacklers in the 28th _ soon after Scotland had a try disallowed _ and John Wilson leaped above the defense to regather a Thomas Bosc crossfield bomb in the 33rd.
The Scots reduced the margin to 18-12 six minutes after the break when Oliver Wilkes ran onto a flat ball from Brough and crossed beside the posts.
After exchanging tries to make it 24-18, second-rower Guisset stripped the ball from Scotland fullback Michael Robertson under the posts for the clincher.
Christophe Moly finished off an 80-meter counterattack in the last minute and Bosc converted _ his sixth goal from as many attempts _ to extend the margin to 18 points.
Guisset, who played for the Canberra Raiders in Australia's National Rugby League competition earlier in his career, said the win put France on track for a semifinal berth from Group 2.
"It's good mate, I haven't scored for about two years," Guisset said in a post-match TV interview. "The guys stuck to the plans. We got a bit down early in the second half, but we came back strongly.
"If we complete our sets and roll up our sleeves, we can be a good team."
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Scorers:
France 36 (Jerome Guisset 2, Jared Taylor, John Wilson, Sebastien Raguin, Christophe Moly; Thomas Bosc 6 goals), Scotland 18 (Dean Colton, Jon Steel, Oliver Wilkes tries; Danny Brough 3 goals). Halftime: 18-6.


Updated : 2021-04-17 11:20 GMT+08:00