England Thrash France Again

It was magic, and all divisible,  number eight again as England thrashed France for the second time in eight days to win the autumn international series.

England ran in eight tries to the French’s one and Kevin Sinfield kicked all eight of his conversions, in one of the best kicking displays ever seen in rugby league.

Ryan Hall got four tries of his own whilst man of steel Sam Tomkins grabbed another brace to take his tally to 16 in a England shirt.

Josh Charnley and Rob Burrow added the other tries, but this was a much more assured performance in defence from the boys in white.

Breathtakingly, they have always been good in attack, epitomized by Hall’s fourth try when Rangi Chase swept inside his line, ran 50 yards, passed to Tomkins who offloaded for Hall to score under the posts.

But it was their dogged style at times to dig in when France did decide to get going that would have impressed Steve McNamara.

However, after such easy victories in the competition, questions marks remain as to the purpose of such a series. McNamara and his side will take the stance it was good for morale but were the games just too easy for them, and will it come to haunt them come next year.

Whatever the stance, England have played some great rugby this autumn and finish the 2012 season off with some silverware to show. For the Leeds Rhinos boys as well, 2012 has been a year to remember.


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