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SCOTLAND 18 FRANCE 36

FRANCE have accounted for a determined Scottish outfit 36-18 in their opening Rugby League World Cup match at Canberra Stadium.

With 12 players from Super League's Catalans outfit, the Tricolores showed more class and skill than their less fancied opponents.

Stand off Thomas Bosc led France effectively and with the occasional show of attacking flair but the foundation was laid by the strong running of forward Adel Fellous.

French full-back Jared Taylor scored the first try of the match when he was on the supporting end of a bustling 40 metre line break from Adel Fellous in the 16th minute.

Catalans star Bosc converted and the semi-final hopefuls were away.

Three minutes later Scotland struck back via a slick backline movement that ended with a try in the corner for Jonathan Steel.

But the first half was dominated by dropped ball, ill-disciplined tackling and strong running forwards with some big hits from both sides.

The Bravehearts came out a different side in the second half with prop Oliver Wilkes grabbing a try in the 46th minute to bring the difference back to a converted try.

Scotland were denied an opportunity to tie the game up at 24-all in the 66th minute when video referee Phil Cooley opted not to award a try to five-eighth John Duffy.

It didn't matter in the end with France's Jerome Guisset and Christophe Moly both scoring tries in the final ten minutes to run away with the win.

The game was the opening match of Pool 2, which also includes Fiji.

Scotland (6) 18
Tries: Steel, Wilkes, Colton Goals: Brough 3
France (18) 36
Tries: Taylor, Guisset 2, Wilson, Raguin, Moly Goals: Bosc 6

Scotland: M Robertson (Manly); D Colton (Doncaster), G Cowan (Wests Tigers), K Henderson (Wakefield), J Steel (Hull KR); J Duffy (Widnes), D Brough (Wakefield, capt); S Logan (Canberra), I Henderson (New Zealand Warriors), P Jackson (Huddersfield), I Morrison (Widnes), D MacGillivray (Wakefield), L Patterson (Widnes).
Subs: O Wilkes (Wakefield), C Armit (Canterbury), M Nanyn (Oldham), A Henderson (Gateshead).

France (Catalans players unless stated): J Taylor (Lezignan); J Murphy, J Wilson, S Raguin, T Sadaoui (Carcassonne); T Bosc, M Greseque (Pia); A Fellous (Lezignan), J Rinaldi (Harlequins), O Elima, J Guisset (capt), E Anselme (Leeds), G Mounis.
Subs: J Wynne (Lezignan), R Casty, J Fakir, C Moly (Carcassonne).

AUSTRALIA 39 NEW ZEALAND 6

Australia underlined why they are overwhelming favourites to lift the World Cup when they outclassed New Zealand to get their campaign off to a winning start in Sydney.

Greg Inglis and Joel Monaghan went over for the hosts in the first half while Sika Manu touched down for New Zealand.

The Kangaroos upped the pace after the break, with Isreal Folau scoring two tries and Billy Slater also going over.

Captain Darren Lockyer starred in an impressive Australian performance, although the win was marred by an injury to winger Brent Tate.

It was an ominous display from Australia, with the result flattering the Kiwis, who struggled to create many chances.

Australia (14) 30
Tries: Inglis, Monaghan, Folau 2, Slater Goals: Thurston 4, Smith
New Zealand (6) 6
Tries: Manu Goals: Matai

Australia: Slater, Monaghan, Inglis, Folau, Tate, Lockyer, Thurston, Price, Smith, Civoniceva, Laffranchi, Stewart, Gallen. Replacements: Gidley, Kite, Perry, Tupou.

New Zealand:
Hohaia, Perrett, Matai, Ropati, Vatuvei, Marshall, Leuluai, Cayless, Fien, Blair, Mannering, Manu, Smith. Replacements: Halatau, Eastwood, Sa, Rapira.
 

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