Ryan Atkins eventually grabbed the game’s second try. He skipped through the Exiles defence deep in his own half and raced away to score.
The Exiles looked threatening on their right side, as Menzies broke free but he didn’t have the pace to score. He offloaded to Lincoln Withers, who in turn passed inside to Dureau who completed the move underneath the posts.
Both sides scored tries late in the half through Josh Charnley and Monaghan for England and the Exiles respectively. This gave the Exiles a 16-10 lead at half time.
Several errors from both sides kept the game close, until Francis Meli had a try confirmed by the video referee.
Meli squeezed in past Charnley on the Exiles’ left side, and unfortunately for Charnley despite his best effort, Meli’s foot failed to touch the whitewash which would have ruled out the try.
The first penalty of the match came in the 54th minute, and set the Exiles up to increase their lead.
But England replied quickly. An error from Dureau at the restart gave the ball back to England, and Briscoe eventually scored in the corner. That delayed the inevitable as Holdsworth broke England’s line and supplied Meli with a superb offload giving him the opportunity to score his second try of the evening.
Leroy Cudjoe scored a late consolation try for England, but the Exiles were worthy winners of a game that lacked any real intensity.
England scores: T- Atkins, Charnley, Briscoe, Cudjoe. G- Brough (2)