|France (0) 10|
|Tests: Le Cam, Sangaré Buts: Kheirallah|
|England (20) 30|
|Tests: Farrell, Davies, Makinson (2), Bateman (2) Buts: Abdull 3|
England had to work hard for their first victory under new coach Shaun Wane against France in Perpignan.
Saturday should have seen England face Samoa in the World Cup opener, but the event was postponed.
Liam Farrell, Tom Davies, Tommy Makinson and John Bateman all scored as dominants England built a 20-0 lead over struggling France at halftime.
Corentin Le Cam and Justin Sangare then crossed for France, Makinson and Bateman securing their second tries.
Wane’s first game in charge ended in defeat 26-24 by the Combined All Stars in June, but it was his first test match since replacing Wayne Bennett in February 2020.
The pandemic has disrupted England’s international plans and they are only playing three more games before the start of the delayed World Cup next year.
In addition to the flagship international event postponed, England’s Ashes series against Australia scheduled for last fall has been called off, making it their first victory since their victory over New Zealand in November. 2018.
Wane made his eight-man debut for a team that has changed a lot and Wigan’s Bateman was given the captain position in place of injured Man of Steel Sam Tomkins.
The head coach will be delighted with his squad’s early start, but will be concerned about the number of mistakes that crept into their game as they lost control of the game in the second half as France sensed a comeback .
The visitors warned of their threat in the second minute with a measured kick from Jordan Abdull that caused problems at the back line for France and they opened the scoring two minutes later as Farrell, second line of Wigan, walked away from a challenge to score.
After nine minutes, Catalan Dragons winger Davies showed sublime athleticism by diving and sneaking into the corner of his field.
The hosts were everywhere at the back and spaces opened up for St Helens winger Makinson and forward Wigan Bateman to pass unchallenged in the opening 20 minutes.
The France squad was made up entirely of Catalan and Toulouse players until a late appeal from Morgan Escare and the Salford winger believed he had been put on the scoreboard, but his effort was ruled out because his shoe had drifted into touch.
But they improved dramatically in the second half and Le Cam’s pretty dummy and pace helped the hosts grab their first points of the game and Mark Kheirallah’s try was scored.
Jonny Lomax was sent to the sin-bin for the final 10 minutes and France capitalized with Sangare’s bulldozer, but efforts on either side of that score from Makinson and Bateman shed light on the result.
The competition was a double program organized at the Gilbert Brutus stadium, with The English beat France 40-4 early in the day.