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Rugby League World Cup: France 6-22 Samoa

Samoa set up a quarter-final showdown with Fiji in the Rugby League World Cup courtesy of a 22-6 win over France in Perpignan on Monday.

Defeat for France means they will be England's quarter-final opponents in Wigan on Saturday night and they will travel in good spirits after producing their best performance of the tournament.

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The Samoans were held 6-6 at the interval after producing an indisciplined first half in which they had one player sin-binned and three others placed on report.

Anthony Milford restored his side's lead six minutes after half time when he danced past three French defenders before scoring under the posts, making it easy for him to convert his own try.

Jean-Philippe Baile thought that he had pulled his side back into the game when he crossed the white line, but the video referee ruled that he did not manage to get the ball down.

France then failed to take advantage of indiscipline in the Samoan ranks, and they were punished with 20 minutes left when Pita Godinet spun away from his man and scrambled over the line.

With their discipline under control, Samoa were clearly the better team and they wrapped up the scoring with a fourth try through substitute Junior Moors six minutes from the end, with man of the match Milford kicking his third goal.

France will now face the tougher quarter-final draw on paper as their third-place finish sees them take on Group A runners-up England in the knockout rounds.


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