France lose Greece, Doueihi sled revealed as he and Milford cop ban, huge odds for England-Samoa

France survived a scare from Greek debutants in the second half to eliminate the winners 34-12 in Doncaster. The strength of the French squad, made up entirely of Super League talent, was too much for the Greeks, although they rallied well and offered plenty in attack.

Maverick half-back Tony Gigot had a typically mercurial performance: the Toulousain sent off several in full, but also created a superb try for partner Arthur Morgue and scored one himself.

Jordan Dezaria blasted his way in early but France were forced to take a penalty later in the half in a huge show of respect for their opponents.

Gigot then got on the scoresheet, followed by Catalan backrower Ben Jullien on a crash ball near the line.

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The second half started strong for the French, with Gigot producing a trademark deception to remove Billy Magoulias from the line and create space for Mathieu Laguerre, who found Morgue.

The Greek had been adventurous with the ball all night and finally got his reward when captain Jordan Meads slipped a kick behind the line that winger Siteni Taukamo – only brought into the team as a late substitute – failed for the Titans’ first try at a rugby union. League World Cup.

Ben Jullien grabbed another before a classic piece of Magoulias magic, winger Nick Mougios’ kick, earned another deserved try for Greece.

Ban Doueihi and Milford cops

Adam Doueihi has been suspended for Lebanon’s crucial clash against Ireland after being sent off in the Cedars’ opener against New Zealand.

There had been confusion with the five-eighth away from the game when ordered out, but the red card was confirmed to be for abusive language, with reports that Doueihi said “Give us some fucking calls” to protest referee Grant Atkins. .

The Match Review Board has banned Doueihi from one game meaning he will miss the decisive clash with Ireland next Sunday in Leigh. The Cedars must win to stay in the tournament.

The other ban from the first session of the discipline was for Anthony Milford, who was thrown in the Samoa beating at the hands of England.

Milford caught Sam Tomkins with a late shot and will now miss his redemption quest against Greece in Doncaster on Saturday night.

England’s huge win in Samoa proves the ratings have soared

The decision to schedule England’s tournament opener with Samoa for Saturday afternoon was justified by huge ratings on the BBC.

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A peak of over 1.8 million homes tuned, with an average of 1.3 million throughout the show. For reference, that number is roughly equal to the Challenge Cup final, traditionally the biggest viewership of the year on free-to-air TV for rugby league in the UK.

Next week is expected to be even higher, with the game set for a 5pm start to attract the most evening viewership. Bolton’s stadium is set to sell out as the English public back their side after a strong start.

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