TWITTER TALK: Fans react to England beating France

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England won 36-6 against France to progress through to the quarter-finals of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and fans have had their say on social media.

Wayne Bennett made five changes to his side that beat Lebanon last weekend. Kallum Watkins, Ryan Hall, Josh Hodgson, Elliott Whitehead and Chris Heighington were replaced by Mark Percival, Kevin Brown, James Roby, Mike McMeeken and Scott Taylor.

Three Lions star Gareth Widdop opened the scoring for England while Stefan Ratchford and James Graham also crossed the whitewash for early tries which saw England lead 18-0 within the first eight minutes.

Mark Percival and John Bateman scored later on in the first half before Benjamin Garcia pulled one back for France, but England were in a comfortable 26-6 lead at the half-time interval.

Only two tries were scored in the second half and they were both by England ace Jermaine McGillvary. England ran-out 36-6 winners and will face Papua New Guinea in the quarter-finals next week.


England: 1. Gareth Widdop, 2. Stefan Ratchford, 3. Mark Percival, 4. John Bateman, 5. Jermaine McGillvary, 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Luke Gale, 8. Chris Hill, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Ben Currie, 12. Mike McMeeken, 13. Sean O’Loughlin.

Interchange: 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Tom Burgess, 16. Scott Taylor, 17. George Williams.

France: 1. Mark Kheirallah, 2. Fouad Yaha, 3. Bastien Ader, 12. Benjamin Jullien, 5. Ilias Bergal, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Lucas Albert, 16. Maxime Herold, 9. John Boudebza, 8. Antoni Maria, 11. Benjamin Garcia, 10. Julian Bousquet, 13. Jason Baitieri.

Interchange: 14. Romain Navarrete, 15. Thibault Margalet, 19. Mickael Rouch, 20. Nabil Djalout.

And here is how you reacted to the result on Twitter:

What do you make of the England performance and end result? Let us know in the comments below.


  1. Better display without Hodgson Gale allowed to do what he does at Cas Roby knows his job and does it well and Brown links up better with Gale and we looked better with Widdop at full back,

  2. Bateman at centre,to slow and can’t pass.forwards.hill,Currie,McKeekan run of the mill.Walmsley,Taylor not up to standard.hope big Sam fit next week to put some bite in to play.also let’s play 2 recognised centres that can run a bit.and Bennett to stop playing players OUT of position.and respect the ones they have selected.

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