Rugby League World Cup: England 34-6 France
England booked a Wembley semi-final date with New Zealand next Saturday with a 34-6 win over France at Wigan.
The hosts bounced back from conceding an early try to wrap up a comfortable but largely unimpressive win, with winger Ryan Hall continuing his fine try-scoring form and touching down twice before the break.
Hall’s teammate and fellow winger Josh Charnley also scored two first-half tries on his home ground at the DW Stadium.
France never looked likely to cause an upset but they did give England a decent contest ahead of next weekend's far stiffer test against holders New Zealand at Wembley.
England's defence looked solid on the ground but defending the high kick out wide looked to be a problem and that will surely have been noted by the Kiwis.
Elsewhere, Australia breezed into the semis after crushing USA 62-0 and will play Fiji at Wembley in the Big Hit Semifinals next Saturday.
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