England set to dominate

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: November 2 2012, 11:40 GMT

Our expert columnist, Castleford coach Ian Millward, previews Saturday's international clash between England and France at Craven Park.

Sam Tomkins: Can help England beat France

After England's big win over Wales last week, Saturday's clash with France is going to be a much more competitive test.

Of the 17-man squad for France, 11 play for Catalan Dragons so this is going to be far more of a Super League experience for England compared to the Welsh game.

Having talked to the some of the Welsh players, they admitted that England were way too good but that the French were much more physical in the ruck area.

The Welsh were very slow in the ruck and England were able to put the pressure on them but they will not have the same luxury against the French.

On the flipside of that, as well as Zak Hardaker played, the return of Sam Tomkins will be a huge boost for England, while I fancy Tom Briscoe to come up with the first try and he could well grab a couple in the game.

The weather will play a big part as it will suit the French if it is wet and blustery but England's outside backs look too classy and the hosts are fancied to win and cover the start.

It could be tougher going for them in the first half but expect them to race away after the break.

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