Scotland, what a great comeback, but France wins 30:27.

The rematch took place at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard in St Aiten where France challenged Scotland in the second round of these pre-World Cup tests.

A great start for Cardo, who starts the game with a drive with Russell, the ball for Kinghorn, finally unloads Kyle Stein, who flies into the net: 4′ score 0-7. Goals by Russell and Ramos move the score, then 31′ Romain. Ntamak will take care of this to put his team ahead using the numerical superiority for Ali Price’s yellow card.

Early in the second half, Les Bleus took the lead with two goals in two minutes (Pénot and Olivon scored) and they took over the match: 27:10 in the 44th minute. But Scotland is not giving up. In the 62nd minute, Hugh Jones untied vertically and found a gap, arriving a step away from the goal, a very long ball to Dushan van der Merwe, ready for the goal: 27-15. In the 68th minute it’s Scotland again: Rory Darge takes care to find the marking that restarts the match, the score goes from 27 to 22. It’s not over yet: in the 73rd minute, a great run by Kinghorn, the ball to George Horn, who makes a perfect run, Kyle Stein flies to the edge of the touchline and crashes into the net. Draw, 27:27. In the last minutes of the free kick in favor of France allows Ramos to hit the post.

The match ends with a score of 30:27 in favor of the hosts, but the great charisma from Scotland, the author of a crazy comeback.

Scoreboard: 4th attempt Stein tr. Russell (0-7), 7′ pts. Ramos (3-7), 10′ c. Russell (3-10), 22′ to. Ramos (6-10), 31st try Ntamack tr. Ramos (13-10), 42′ Trying Peno tr. Ramos (20-10), 44′ Olivon try tr. Ramos (27-10), 62′ try van der Merwe (27-15), 68′ try Darge tr. Russell (27-22), 73′ try Stein (27-27), 79′ pts. Ramos (30-27)
Tags: 32′ Yellow card to Ali Price (Scotland),

France: 15 Thomas Ramos, 14 Damian Penot, 13 Gael Fico, 12 Jonathan Danti, 11 Gabin Villiers, 10 Romain Ntamac, 9 Antoine Dupont (c), 8 Gregory Aldritt, 7 Charles Ollivon, 6 Paul Bodehent, 5 Thibaut Flament, 4 Cameron Vauki , 3 Dorian Aldegueri, 2 Julien Marchand, 1 Cyril Bai
Shop: 16 Pierre Bourgari, 17 Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18 Huini Atonio, 19 Florian Veraguet, 20 Bastien Chaloureau, 21 Sekou Macalou, 22 Maxime Lucu, 23 Louis Biel-Biarré

Scotland: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Kyle Stein, 13 Hugh Jones, 12 Sione Tuipulotu, 11 Doohan van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Rory Darge, 6 Jamie Ritchie (c), 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Richie Grey, 3 WP Nel, 2 George Turner, 1 Pierre Schuman
Shop: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Rory Sutherland, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Scott Cummings, 20 Sam Skinner, 21 Josh Bayliss, 22 George Horne, 23 Ollie Smith

Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne
Judge: Nick Berry (Australia)
Assistants: Carl Dixon (England), Adam Leal (England)
TMO: Tom Foley (Wales)

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