Rugby League World Cup  Saturday 16th November 2013  DW Stadium, Wigan  Att: 22,276

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Brett Ferres

Sean O'Loughlin

Ryan Hall

Josh Charnley

Ryan Hall

Josh Charnley

GOAL SCORERS:

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Vincent Duport

GOAL SCORERS:

Thomas Bosc

Full Report

Match Official: A Klein


England through to last four

Winger Ryan Hall continued his World Cup try feast as England joined Australia and New Zealand in the last four with a comfortable but largely unimpressive 34-6 victory over France.


The prolific Hall touched down twice before half-time to take his tally for the tournament to eight in four matches and extend his lead at the top of England\'s try chart to 21.





England\'s other winger, Josh Charnley, also scored two first-half tries on his home ground at the DW Stadium, as Steve McNamara\'s men secured a semi-final clash with holders New Zealand at Wembley next Saturday.





It will be a repeat of the 2008 semi-final, which the Kiwis won 32-22 in Brisbane.





After watching the Kiwis and Kangaroos ease to comfortable victories in their quarter-final ties, England took centre stage in Wigan, where the crowd of 22,276 left with mixed feelings.





Auckland-bound full-back Sam Tomkins, one of five men playing on their home ground, desperately wanted to mark his farewell appearance with a try and worked in vain to achieve it.





His efforts were rewarded with the man-of-the-match award but he finished the game watching from the sidelines after being sin-binned on 73 minutes for a professional foul.





The French threatened to pull off their first win over England for 32 years when they took a fifth-minute lead with a try from centre Vincent Duport - only their third of the tournament.





But Duport was hurt in the process and, with hooker Kane Bentley having already limped out of the action, coach Richard Agar\'s limited resources were already being stretched to the limit.





Distinctly shaky in the opening stages, England were given a lift by the powerful running of forwards James Graham and Sam Burgess which laid the platform for their outside backs to cut loose.





Tomkins, revelling on his farewell appearance at the DW Stadium, surged into the line to create tries for Charnley and Hall in the space of eight minutes.





Centres Kallum Watkins and Leroy Cudjoe then took over as providers, setting up routine finishes that enabled both wingmen to double their tally before half-time.





Watkins\' slick pass, after first sucking in two defenders, was a particular joy to watch but the Leeds player blotted his copybook with some defensive errors in the second half.





There was little change to the pattern of the match in the second half as France struggled to make much impression on the England defence.





Stand-off Rangi Chase looked set to add to the home side\'s try tally early in the second half before France captain Olivier Elima came up with a one-on-one ball steal to relieve the pressure.





However, it was only a temporary respite as the French defence cracked for a fifth time on 46 minutes.





Hall managed to palm the ball back from Chase\'s high kick and Cudjoe reacted quickly to get loose forward Sean O\'Loughlin over the line, with Sinfield kicking his fourth goal to stretch the lead to 28-6.





The game ended on a sour note for Tomkins when he was given a yellow card by referee Ashley Klein for holding down winger Damien Cardace to prevent a quick play-the-ball following a break out of defence.





Despite being a man short, England added a sixth try three minutes from the end when substitute second-rower Brett Ferres went through a yawning gap in the French defence to touch down for the third consecutive game, and Sinfield kicked his fifth goal.





Match Action

  • 77m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    England

  • 77m
    try

    Brett Ferres

    England

  • 57m
    interchange_on

    Liam Farrell

    England

  • 57m
    interchange_off

    George Burgess

    England

  • 47m
    try

    Sean O'Loughlin

    England

  • 47m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    England

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    Brett Ferres

    England

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    Ben Westwood

    England

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Gregory Mounis

    France

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Antoni Maria

    France

  • 28m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    England

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    George Burgess

    England

  • 28m
    try

    Ryan Hall

    England

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Chris Hill

    England

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Michael McIlorum

    England

  • 25m
    try

    Josh Charnley

    England

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    James Roby

    England

  • 18m
    try

    Ryan Hall

    England

  • 17m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    England

  • 13m
    interchange_on

    Younes Khattabi

    France

  • 13m
    interchange_off

    Vincent Duport

    France

  • 11m
    try

    Josh Charnley

    England

  • 11m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    England

  • 5m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    France

  • 5m
    try

    Vincent Duport

    France

  • 3m
    interchange_on

    Eloi Pelissier

    France

  • 3m
    interchange_off

    Kane Bentley

    France