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Paul Cooke critical of Leeds Rhinos man’s performance in France-England clash

England met France in a mid-season international at the Stade Ernest-Wallon in Toulouse today, with England recovering from a sloppy start, which saw them fall 8-0 behind against a fired-up French side. However, a Leeds Rhinos player was singled out for criticism.

France started the game with an intensity which appeared to catch England by surprise as they raced into an early 8-0 lead. However, England’s superior experience and fitness told as they turned the game on its head with a flurry of first-half tries.

France’s substitutes came under scrutiny, as the game began to swing in England’s favour when both sides shuffled the forward packs halfway through the first half.

Now, commentator, Paul Cooke has singled out one of Leeds Rhinos’ for criticism, after a sloppy display was instrumental in the game swinging in England’s favour.

Cooke critical of Leeds Rhinos man in England-France Performance

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France took an early lead in the encounter and were inspired by the performance of their front rowers Romain Navarette and Julian Bousquet. However, when France rotated their pack midway through the first half, their replacements struggled to make an impact as England regained control of the game.

Speaking on the Super League+ coverage, Paul Cooke singled out Leeds Rhinos’ forward, Justin Sangare, for criticism for a sloppy performance from the bench. Sangare struggled to maintain the intensity shown by France’s starting front row and produced a handling error on the stroke of half-time with France in a good attacking position. Cooke said:

“That’s poor play. Sangare just can’t afford to make those errors. He’s come off the bench and not played great for me. I don’t think the middles that have come off the bench for the French have added anything.

“It’s another error from Sangare. He’s got three blokes on him. It’s just not a good decision, especially when they have not had the ball.

“That there is the difference between your top international players and those that are trying to make their way to be a top international player.”

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    June 30, 2024 at 9:51 am

    Paul Cook should look at his own performance as a summarisor . He talked over his colleague repeatedly .

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