England set for Final Fireworks

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: November 8 2012, 17:39 GMT

Tom Briscoe (left) is fancied to score first

3pts England (-38) to beat France at 10/11 (General)

1pt Tom Briscoe to score the first try at 6/1 (Sky Bet, William Hill)

  • Handicap courtesy of Sky Bet

    England v France (+42)

    The biggest problem for both Wales and France in this tournament has been an inability to get good field position.

    Their kicking games have been very poor and as a result neither side has been able to build any pressure on England.

    Steve McNamara's men have looked very good defensively and you had to be impressed with them when these two sides met last week.

    France hung in there well and had some good periods of possession but they didn't do the simple things consistently well and as a result put pressure on themselves.

    Everyone expects England to win this game - and they will - and I think they can cover too.

    A lot of the players will be looking forward to a break after the game and will be looking to finish 2012 on a high.

    It's a case of the home side having to take their opportunities to cover such a big start but they've been pretty clinical so far and I'd expect that to be the case again.

    As for the first try scorer bet, again like Tom Briscoe.

    He has that ability to find space which is invaluable while Kevin Sinfield favours going to his left-hand side on last-tackle players.

    That's the wing Briscoe's on and he can cross early.

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