McNamara still wants more

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Steve McNamara concedes England still have plenty of work to do
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Steve McNamara concedes England still have plenty of work to do

England's players completed another comfortable victory in Hull, with France replacing Wales in the firing line, but coach Steve McNamara warned them they still have work to do.

England have dominated the end-of-season triangular series, beating Wales 80-12 in Wrexham last weekend and topping up their points tally with a 44-6 success over France and will face the French again next week in the final at Salford.

"Defensively we were strong, particularly in the first half, but we struggled a little offensively and maybe we were slightly ill-disciplined," said McNamara. "But what it does do is give us a strong focus for next week and hopefully we can put in a full performance next week."

He added: "We gave away a lot of penalties, some of them in and around the ruck. We had a little bit of bad luck with them, but we showed some things we need to get fixed up."

While England's eight tries were not to be sniffed at - Kallum Watkins scored three of them and Sam Tomkins and Tom Briscoe two each - they could have had more were it not for some over-elaboration.

Such ambition was understandable after last weekend's romp, though, and McNamara used a football analogy to try and explain why they had got over-excited.

"My assistant James Lowes said we were trying to play like Arsenal and walk it in, when we should have been playing like Stoke and going direct," he said.

"We could have run the ball and gone direct rather than passing. We were just overplaying, but credit to the group for scoring as many points as they did.

"I am delighted with their approach and attitude. We were not perfect, but we will hope for a perfect finish next week."

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