You can only beat what is in front of you and that’s exactly what England have done after destroying France 48-4 in the final of the autumn internationals at Salford City Stadium.
Coach Steve McNamara and his staff have done everything right so far in the lead up to the 2013 World Cup.
Are the English finally getting their house in order?
Granted France and Wales have put up little fight over the passed few weeks. But you still need to do the job and that’s exactly what England have done scoring an emphatic 172 points in their last three matches.
Ryan Hall grabbed four tries as England romped away from the hapless French in a display sure to put smiles on English rugby league fans faces across the world.
“The players are very close now, they’re friends and that’s the culture we’re trying to build,” McNamara said after the slaughter.
“I’m not saying what we are doing will guarantee success in the World Cup but it will guarantee we’ve got the best chance of being successful.
“This group is very united. It’s a pleasure to coach them. They are very keen to do well for England.”
Sam Tomkins added another two tries to his ever-growing tally.
“Some might not realise what goes on behind the scenes and how important these games are to us” coach McNamara wrote in a blog on englandrl.co.uk prior to the final.
“We are playing the 4th and 5th best teams in the world during this tournament so it is vital to our development.
“One of the things we have been striving for is competition for places and it’s this competition for places that is giving myself and the coaching staff some selection headaches.”