Injury and withdrawals meant that McCormack was compelled to use a very young side, with very little Super League experience, for much of the tournament.
He is now sure that those youngsters can go on and become the Scottish legends of the future in the years to come, though.
“I’ve got mixed emotions. It was an outstanding effort but we’re disappointed because if we’d started the first half like we started the second, we’d have won the game,” he said.
“But I’m so proud of how the young lads coped with the challenge. We had another three debuts and more than half the squad were young kids who have come through the Scotland Rugby League pathway.
“That stands us in good stead for the next ten years. I think we’ll look back on this week and say that was tough but it was actually a great thing for Scottish rugby league because we’ve given those boys a chance and they’ve taken it.”
Tries: Arnaud (3), Gigot (15, 38), Larroyer (22), Escaré (26), Robin (30), Perez (60)
Goals: Marginet 4/7
Subs: Scott Plumridge, Gavin Grant, Lewis Clarke, Finlay Hutchinson
Tries: Toal (9), Scott (66), Hood (70)
Goals: Thomas 3/3
Man of the match: Tony Gigot
Half time: 28-6
Referee: Gareth Hewer (England)