England warm up for Four Nations with victory over France

Tom Briscoe
Tom Briscoe scored two tries for England

Hull winger Tom Briscoe scored two tries as England overcame France 32-18 in their only warm-up ahead of their Four Nations opener on 29 October.

Steve McNamara's new side had too much class for their hosts, with debutants Jack Reed, Rangi Chase and Chris Heighington making key contributions.

Reed provided the highlight of the game with a thrilling 70-metre try.

France scored two late tries but England were convincing winners ahead of their showdown with Wales.

After the match, veteran forward Adrian Morley said England have much to do if they are to be a force in the Four Nations tournament.

"It was a wake-up call. We've probably not been going as well as we thought we were but that's not to say we can't have a good week's preparation and sort a few things out and be ready for Wales.

"On the whole, we're probably disappointed with our performance. We're not devastated by any means, there was some positive stuff."

Kevin Sinfield set the tone with a 40-20 kick in the first set of tackles to set up the position for Reed to get Ryan Hall over for the first try with just 90 seconds on the clock.

Sinfield looked a likely try-scorer after smart offloads from front-rowers James Graham and Jamie Peacock but full-back Cyril Stacul came to the rescue with a last-ditch tackle and the French hit back with their best spell of the match.

A break from debutant centre Mathias Pala signalled danger and established the position from which captain Olivier Elima scored a try to level.

Thomas Bosc's conversion edged France in front but he missed a chance to extend their lead when he failed with a penalty.

The visitors eventually weathered the storm and took a firm grip on the game with three tries in the last 11 minutes of the first half, with Chase at the heart of the fightback.

Sinfield's second goal made it 20-6 at half-time and any prospect of a comeback by the French was ended when Briscoe grabbed his second try nine minutes into the second half.

Full-back replacement Gareth Widdop quickly made his mark, breaking the first line of defence to release Reed, who jinked past two defenders on a superb run to the line.

Sinfield's fourth goal opened up a 26-point lead but England relaxed their grip in the last 10 minutes to allow the French two late tries.

England start their Four Nations campaign against Wales at Leigh Sports Village, match which will be live on BBC One and the BBC Sport website from 1415 BST, 29 October.

France: Stacul, Vaccari, Baile, Pala, Duport, Bosc, Chisholm, Ferriol, Mounis, Casty, Elima, Gossard, Baitieri, Fakir.

Replacements: Pelissier for Vaccari (38), Fakir for Ferriol (15), Raguin for Casty (22), Simon for Fakir (36).

England: Tomkins, Hall, Reed, Yeaman, Briscoe, Sinfield, Chase, Peacock, Roby, Graham, Ellis, Westwood, Heighington.

Replacements: Widdop for Tomkins (52), Morley for Graham (18), Jones-Buchanan for Westwood (22), Wilkin for Heighington (26).

Att: 16,866

Ref: Matt Cecchin (Australia).