Hall four-try hero in easy win
Ryan Hall ran in four tries as England easily overpowered France 48-4 in the final of the Autumn international series on Sunday.
Sam Tomkins also notched a brace of tries and Josh Charnley and substitute Rob Burrow claimed touchdowns in the rout, with Kevin Sinfield kicking eight conversions at the Salford City Stadium.
With the impressive, if predictable, victory England took their points tally to 172 in their three matches to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Great Britain's last World Cup triumph.
They were leading 48-0 until winger Mathias Pala scored a last-minute consolation try for the French to provide a minor irritation for England coach Steve McNamara on his side's last full international before the 2013 World Cup next October.
That is when the real business will start for McNamara's men but they can look back on their autumn programme as a job well done.
McNamara will be especially delighted with the renewed half-back pairing of Sinfield and Rangi Chase, who won his place back at the expense of Richie Myler, while loose forward Sean O'Loughlin, who missed last week's game with a hamstring injury, also marked his return with an impressive showing.
Hall took the individual honours with his scoring heroics which took his tally to 13 tries in 15 appearances and took him past a former Leeds winger, Mark Calderwood, into joint second place in England's all-time list.
Full-back Tomkins, who went ahead of previous record-holder Alf Ellaby a week ago, scored two more to take his total to 16 in 15 appearances and extend his lead at the top.
With six part-timers in their line-up, it was always going to be a case of damage limitation for the French following their 44-6 defeat in Hull eight days earlier.
While the French were well beaten, they at least had the final say when Pala pounced on a loose ball over the England tryline to prevent a whitewash.
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