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VETERAN forward Adrian Morley believes England still have much work to do if they are to be competitive in the Gillette Four Nations Series.

England were given a searching examination by a rejuvenated France before securing a 32-18 victory in their warm-up match at Avignon's Parc des Sports.

Hull winger Tom Briscoe scored two of his side's six tries and Brisbane Broncos centre Jack Reed marked his England debut with a 70m effort, but some of the gloss was taken off their win when the French scored two late tries.

"It was a better test that we thought," Morley said. "We were a bit scratchy but, fair play to France, they came to play and gave us a real test.

"There is obviously a lot we can improve on but that was probably better preparation than winning by 60.

"It was a wake-up call. We've probably not been going as well as we thought we were but that's not to say we can't have a good week's preparation and sort a few things out and be ready for Wales."

Reed and his fellow newcomers Rangi Chase and Chris Heighington all made significant contributions as England overcame the shock of going 6-4 behind to build a 32-6 lead before France rallied, adding late scores through Vincent Duport and Eloi Pelissier.

Chase, a controversial selection, was named man of the match for his creative play while regulars Kevin Sinfield and James Roby both took their club form onto the international stage with 80-minute stints.

"The new guys have really fitted in and I thought they played well," Morley added. "I also think there's more to come from those boys. On the whole, we're probably disappointed with our performance.

We're not devastated by any means, there was some positive stuff.

"It will be good to work on a few problems and I'm sure we'll do that."

England Knights followed up their impressive win over France by defeating plucky Cumbria 26-12 at Whitehaven's Recreation Ground, where Richie Myler took a second successive man-of-the-match award.

Unlike their 38-18 triumph over the French at Leigh Sports Village, Keiron Purtill's men were made to work hard for their success.

The Cumbrians, who held the senior England team to an 18-18 draw a year ago, stepped in after Samoa's tour was put off.


* IMPROVEMENT NEEDED: Adrian Morley spells it out for England as they prepare to meet Wales
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Oct 24, 2011
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