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England advanced to a semi-final clash with reigning World Cup champions New Zealand after beating France.

Player ratings from England's 34-6 win over France in the Rugby League World Cup quarter-finals.


1. Sam Tomkins: Blistering start from the Warriors-bound fullback, setting up England's first try with an offload and their second with a cutout pass. Also acrobatically defused a potential 40/20 to highlight his all-round value before finishing the game in the sin bin. 8. 

2. Josh Charnley: Bagged himself a couple of classical winger's tries. 7.5.

3. Kallum Watkins: Good offload set up Charnley's second, but produced four errors. 6. 

4. Leroy Cudjoe: Involved in the lead up to Hall's second try in a solid game overall. 6.5. 

5. Ryan Hall: Produced another two tries and an athletic bat back for O'Loughlin to score. Didn't deserve to have five errors against his name. 7.5.

6. Rangi Chase: Mixed game. He was the most dangerous half on the field with ball in hand but produced five errors as England failed to twist the knife. Summed up England's night. 7. 

7. Kevin Sinfield: Strong kicking game and a calming presence around the ruck. Controlled the game well. 7.

8. James Graham: Shaky start with a couple of infringements but was easily the best forward on the park, his powerful runs (for a team high 144 metres) and ball playing terrorising the French defenders. His team-high 25 tackles helped repel a number of French raids. 9. 

9. Michael McIlorum: Barely sighted as Roby got the bulk of dummy half duties. 5.

10. Chris Hill: Another great game from the unsung hero of England's pack with 96 metres and 23 tackles. 8.

11. Sam Burgess: Didn't quite have the field day he had against Fiji but still produced some damaging runs and was always dangerous with 124 metres and three tackle breaks. 7.5.

12. Ben Westwood: Quieter performance than we're used to with England having less tackling to do. 6. 

13. Sean O'Loughlin: Defended strongly and earned a try in the second half. 7.

14. James Roby: Made a great run which led to Hall's second try, and provided some impetus from dummy half. 7. 

15. George Burgess: The best of the benchies with a bulldozing 107 metres from 11 runs. 7. 

16. Brett Ferres: Came alive late in the game and strolled over for the easiest of tries. 6.5.

17. Liam Farrell: Not heavily used off the bench, was reliable in his time on field. 6.



1. Morgan Escare: England's weight of possession and good kicking kept the fullback quiet. Fluffed a potential try early in second half. 5. 

2. Damien Cardace: Also largely kept quiet by England, outside of one or two searching second-half runs. 6. 

3. Jean-Phillippe Baile: Largely anonymous in the centres. 5.

4. Vincent Duport: Brilliant strong effort for the first try of the game. 6.

5. Clint Greenshields: Tried a couple of things in attack that didn't come off, finishing with six errors. 5. 

6. Thomas Bosc: Tried hard but a lack of polish with his kicks meant France struggled to convert opportunities. 6.

7. William Barthau: Much like his halves partner, poor kicking and lack of finishing ability meant his side struggled to score points. 6.

8. Jamal Fakir: Solid while on the field, one good offload could have led to something. 6. 

9. Kane Bentley: Forced off inside two minutes with a calf injury. No score. 

10. Remi Casty: Another big all-round game from the Roosters-bound prop with 92 metres and 29 tackles.

11. Olivier Elima: Did plenty of tackling but little running, and produced several unforced errors and penalties. 5. 

12. Sebastien Raguin: Powerful start to the game, with some strong early runs. 6.5.

13. Gregory Mounis: Produced a good early offload that meant France were able to play from in front. 6.5.

14. Eloi Pelissier: Played more minutes than he'd have been expecting, tried to spark his side in attack. 6.5. 

15. Younes Khattabi: Threw one pass over the sideline on play one with France attacking. 5. 

16. Antoni Maria: A few good runs off the bench. 5.5. 

17. Mickael Simon: Got through some defence off the bench. 6

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