Knights put French to sword

England's second string run France ragged

Last Updated: 15/10/11 6:36pm

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Myler was influential in the Knights' midfield

Myler was influential in the Knights' midfield

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Richie Myler responded to his omission from England's Four Nations squad with a commanding performance in the Knights' 38-18 victory over France.

The Warrington half-back was named man of the match after England's second string ran France ragged with a seven-try display at Leigh Sports Village.

Myler was hugely influential in the midfield, while Wigan winger Josh Charnley and Salford full-back Stefan Ratchford were also impressive for the hosts.

Another who caught the eye was Ben Westwood, who has made just one appearance in two months because of a knee injury.

The second rower showed he was ready to step back into the senior team for their Four Nations campaign on home soil with a powerful performance prior to being brought off after an hour.

Myler opened the Knights' account when he latched onto former Salford team-mate Stefan Ratchford's pass to go over on 10 minutes.

And Hull hooker Danny Houghton extended the lead when he forced his way across from dummy half for a try.

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France, despite enjoying plenty of possession, did not grab their first point until the 38th minute, hooker Gregory Mounis barging in from close range with Thomas Bosc adding the extras.

However, Myler broke clear in the final minute of the first half to set Reds winger Jodie Broughton free to race in from 60 metres, taking the Knights into the break firmly in control at 18-6.

Replacement forward Jamal Fakir went agonisingly close early in the second half for France but the Knights stamped their authority on the game when Charnley crossed twice in three minutes thanks to some sharp kicking from Matty Smith.

Myler was then involved again when he sent Ratchford slicing through the French defence with a short pass to claim England's sixth try, Westwood's kick taking the score to 32-6.

The visitors hit back with tries from hooker Eloi Pelissier and wing Cyril Stacul to restore some French pride.

But substitute half-back Luke Gale gave the Knights the final word when he breached France's tiring defence to score, this time Charnley striking the conversion to round out the scoring.

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