Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Archive
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Saturday, October 23, 1999 Published at 21:11 GMT 22:11 UK


Sport: Rugby League

England rack up half-century



England 50-20 France

England have romped to a nine-try victory over France in the return leg of the rugby league Lincoln International Challenge in Hull.

Bradford Bulls scrum-half Paul Deacon took the man-of-the-match award and bagged a try as the free-scoring men in white ran riot.

And Leeds' fullback Marcus St Hilaire scored an outstanding hat-trick - two of his tries coming in the space of five minutes.

Pryce is right

It was a totally different story to the away leg, when England were forced to fight back from a 10-point deficit to claim a 28-20 win.

The match was beyond doubt after just 10 minutes as England stretched out a 12-point lead then cruised for the rest of the match, scoring whenever the mood took them.

Coach John Kear, who is preparing his side for the forthcoming World Cup, singled out Deacon and his teenage Bradford team-mate Leon Pryce for special praise.

"Paul has matured three years in the last 10 days. He has gained so much in experience and it showed tonight as he put together one of several impressive performances," he said.

He also said 18-year-old Pryce, who scored a try in the opening four minutes, "looked as though he'd been playing international football all his life".

Teams

England: St Hilaire, Pryce, Maloney, McAvoy, Rogers, Orr, Deacon, Molloy, Newton, Sampson, Farrell, Haughton, McNamara. Substitutes: Jackson, Harland, Sykes, Blakeley.

France: Millet, Benausse, Marc Garcia, Dulac, Houles, Frayssinous, Devecchi, Sands, Wulf, El Khalouki, Guisset, Tallec, Carrassco. Substitutes: Teixido, Emmanuel Cassin, Sort, Borlin.



Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©


Rugby League Contents


Relevant Stories

22 Oct 99 | Rugby League
Scots thrill at Firhill

22 Oct 99 | Rugby League
Brits suffer Brisbane battering

15 Oct 99 | Rugby League
Ireland make most of Eyres dismissal

13 Oct 99 | Rugby League
French foiled by England fightback





In this section

BBC 's Challenge Cup cash boost

Thunder boss defends merger

League's northern empire cut back

Wigan coach Goodway quits

Kangaroos deny Kiwis Tri-Nations

GB have Long to thank

Lions crash out of Tri-Series

Broncos capture top Aussie

England rack up half-century

Brits suffer Brisbane battering

Scots thrill at Firhill

Ireland make most of Eyres dismissal

French foiled by England fightback

Saints hang on for final glory