Wane expects England to get better

24 October 2021 12:40:18 CET
Wane aware England must get better

England rugby league head coach Shaun Wane says they "will get better" after his side claimed a hard-fought 30-10 win over France in Perpignan on Saturday.

Some good stuff

The fixture was contested on the day that should have seen England play Samoa in the opening game of the World Cup, but the showpiece event has been postponed until next year with Wane's men 6/1 to get their hands on the trophy, with Australia priced at 3/10 and New Zealand at 13/2.

England's Ashes series against Australia last Autumn was also cancelled so this was their first victory since beating New Zealand in November 2018 and although he knows they can improve, Wane was impressed with some of what he saw.

"We did some good stuff, there will be lots of lessons we can learn and improve on," Wane told BBC Sport.

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England are scheduled to play just three matches between now and the start of the World Cup and Wane is already looking ahead to the serious business.

Improvement needed

Wane said: "We will need to improve for games against New Zealand and Australia. I thought there were some good individual performances but I will always look to try and improve us."

England looked in complete control with a 20-0 half-time lead but they allowed France back into the match with some crucial mistakes and Wane knows that cannot happen when the World Cup gets underway.

"Very simply, in the first 20 minutes we made no errors, no penalties and we won 20-0," he added. "The second one we made about eight errors, so that is it."

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