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2012 Autumn International Final

England 48 France 4

Jonathan Doidge at Salford City Stadium

Winger Ryan Hall took the scoring plaudits with a record-equalling four tries as England emerged from their last official Test fixture before the 2013World Cup with their second win in as many weeks against the French.

This was a more composed performance than their Craven Park success and, while was still some indiscipline from Gareth Hock that would be much more of a concern against Australia or New Zealand, there were more positives than negatives for coach Steve McNamara to work with during the next 11 months.

Rob Burrow certainly injected some life into the home side after his introduction from the bench, while his skipper Kevin Sinfield was again at the helm organising the men in red-and-white, having a hand in several tries and kicking eight goals from as many attempts.

Despite last week’s 44-6 defeat of the same opposition, McNamara made some changes. Back in came Josh Charnley to replace Tom Briscoe on the wing, while Rangi Chase also returned at half-back, deposing the in-form Richie Myler.

In the pack Sean O’Loughlin had shaken off a hamstring injury sufficiently to get his place back at loose-forward, meaning a reshuffle that cost Ben Harrison a place on the bench.

The French fielded a team that looked better on paper than had seemed the case after Cologni’s team suffered three injuries at Craven Park. The losses of Cyril Stacul at full-back and lock Gregory Mounis meant call-ups for winger Teddy Sadaoui and pack man Sebastien Raguin, while Les Tricolores were boosted by the return of prop Jamal Fakir.

That said, there was not much Fakir could do to prevent the opening score, initiated at acting half-back by Michael McIlorum and also involving Chase and a lovely sweeping run into the line by full back Tomkins, who sent Hall cruising over in the left-hand corner to hit the 150-try mark for his career.

The French response came on the back of successive penalties with Barthau almost taking advantage of McIlorum’s dash out of the England defensive line before a deft Bosc chip over was turned dead by Charnley for a drop-out.

The Wigan winger then did well to take Saddaoui into touch as the visitors again threatened and after that spell of defending the favourites hit back to maximum effect, sweeping downfield from a penalty for a two-man ball steal before Sinfield sent Tomkins stepping his way over from 10 metres out.

England’s best try of the half came just before the half-hour mark. Again piggy-backed downfield by a penalty, they switched play swiftly from right to left through the hands of McIlorum, Sinfield and Chase before O’Loughlin’s long pass sent Hall diving over in the corner for a second on the night.

Despite the loss of Adrian Morley soon after the restart with a bang to the head, McNamara’s men improved on their first-half effort with a more convincing showing.

Charnley completed a five-man handling move with a try in the right-hand corner before Hall completed his hat-trick, after Burrow had sucked in three defenders and put him over at the opposite side of the pitch.
France had to do a lot of defending as their opponents, save for some handling errors from Hock, respected possession.

That tackling stint cost Cologni’s men further when Sinfield spotted another arcing Tomkins run to send the Warriors star across for a second try, before England came up with the score of the night.

Defending close to their own line after a dangerous-looking Barthau run, Chase picked up a Bosc grubber, found open space and charged 55-metres upfield. Tomkins was on hand to take the ball on before linking with Hall, who strode the last 25-metres, outpacing the cover to complete a magnificent score under the posts, his fourth of the game.

England were certainly beginning to look more polished on attack as the game wore on and grabbed an eighth try when Burrow supported an Ellis half-break to scorch away and touch down wide on the left. That completed matters for the home side, though France had the last word when Matthias Pala made the most of Charnley’s fumble to get first to a Barthau grubber with a minute remaining.

England
1 Sam Tomkins
2 Josh Charnley
3 Kallum Watkins
4 Leroy Cudjoe
5 Ryan Hall
6 Kevin Sinfield (Capt)
7 Rangi Chase
8 Lee Mossop
9 Mickey McIlorum
10 Chris Hill
11 Jamie Jones-Buchanan
12 Gareth Ellis
13 Sean O’Loughlin

Subs (all used)
14 Rob Burrow
15 Carl Ablett
16 Gareth Hock
17 Adrian Morley

Tries: Hall (9, 28, 46, 64), Tomkins (25, 57), Charnley (44), Burrow (71)
Goals: Sinfield 8/8

France
1 Clement Soubeyras
2 Teddy Sadaoui
3 Kevin Larroyer
4 Vicent Duport
5 Mathias Pala
6 Thomas Bosc
7 William Barthau
8 Jamal Fakir
9 Kane Bentley
10 Remi Casty
11 Olivier Elima (Capt)
12 Sebastien Raguin
13 Jason Baitieri

Subs (all used)
14 Romaric Bemba
15 Tony Gigot
16 Julian Bousquet
17 Mathieu Griffi

Tries: Pala (79)

Goals: Bosc 0/1

Referee: Shane Rehm (NZ)
Video referee: Steve Ganson
Half time: 18-0
Penalties: 8-11
Weather: Cold, dry
Attendance: 7,921
Man of the Match: Ryan Hall – Record-equalling effort from a clinical finisher