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12th November 2017, 12:54 | englandrl

McGillvary brace helps England to convincing win over France

McGillvary brace helps England to convincing win over France

Jermaine McGillvary shone for England as they flexed their muscles for the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a comprehensive 36-6 defeat of France in Perth.

The Huddersfield winger, who was cleared to play in England's final group game after being found not guilty of biting Lebanon captain Robbie Farah, scored two of his side's seven tries to take his total for the World Cup to four and his overall tally to nine in as many Tests.

Gareth Widdop, Stefan Ratchford, James Graham, Mark Percival and John Bateman also went over for England.

McGillvary was among a host of impressive performers as Wayne Bennett's men brushed aside the challenge of the French to warm up for next Sunday's clash with Papua New Guinea in Melbourne, to the delight of the big contingent of England fans among the 14,744 crowd at the Rectangular Stadium.

England coach Wayne Bennett said: "We won the game. When they were good, they were good. It was the same as last week. The second half wasn't as good as the first. My concern is us right now, getting through today with no injuries before we go on to play Papua New Guinea next week."