European Nations Finalists Found

England A will face France in the European Nations Cup Final at Warrington next weekend, with Scotland missing out on points difference following an 8-6 win in Narbonne, while Wales lost 22-4 to the English at Headingley. Scotland needed to win by more than five points in France to secure their place at Wilderspool, and looked on course for that when they led 6-0 at half time, Barrow's Lee Henderson scoring their try and Oliver Wilkies converting.

France came back after the break, with Laurent Frayssinous kicking three penalties, but Wilkes added one of his own to secure the narrow, but ultimately meaningless, victory.

The French will face John Kear's England A side next Sunday, following their defeat 22-4 of Wales.

England made a superb start, with Matt Diskin touching down a loose ball after only a minute when Wales' defence failed to clear up a Rob Burrow kick.

Danny Tickle goaled and added a penalty on the quarter-hour mark before he combined with Jamie Rooney to send Ade Gardner in at the corner.

Wales got off the mark on 32 minutes, with Paul Sykes fumbling Ian Watson's kick and Mark Lennon swooping to touch down, although he missed the conversion attempt.

England missed the chance to extend their 12-4 lead just before the break, when Hefin O'Hare produced a brilliant cover tackle on Burrow after Tickle's initial break.

Substitute Danny McGuire raced 60 yards on 48 minutes to score under the posts and push England out to 18-4, with referee Theirry Alibert awarding the try despite a brawl in back-play.

Diskin added his second try before the hour, when he touched down his own grubber, although Jamie Rooney was wide with the conversion attempt, to add to an earlier penalty miss.

But it mattered not as they held out Wales, who threatened twice via Adam Hughes breaks during the final quarter, to secure their place in next Sunday's Final.

"It was a very slow game and it was difficult for either team to get any momentum," said Kear. "The result is good for us and we have achieved our goal of getting to the Final, but it was our worst display so far."

Wales coach Neil Kelly said: "For us, this group of games has been about starting something and I think the side produced a very creditable performance.

"Over the three games, we've become a better side and I feel the players have produced passion and pride in the shirt, but some of them are still learning the game."

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