4th November 2017, 10:57 | englandrl

England up and running after Lebanon win

England up and running after Lebanon win

England recorded their first win of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup with a 29-10 victory over Lebanon.

It took nine minutes for England's dominance to translate into points as Kallum Watkins was sent over in the corner by Stefan Ratchford.

Lebanon levelled with their first foray forward when Nick Kassis touched down Robbie Farah's 18th-minute kick.

Lebanon threatened to go over again but England broke and Jermaine McGillvary restored the lead with a fine finish.

McGillvary's opposite wing Ryan Hall went over in the left corner - his 33rd try in his 34th game for England - and Ben Currie registered his first international effort to secure a 22-6 half-time lead.

Tom Burgess burst through the middle to score the first try of the second half after 56 minutes, and Lebanon grabbed a late consolation through Jason Wehbe.

McGillvary looked to have given the scoreline a gloss in the closing stages but the officials spotted a forward pass in the build-up, and Gareth Widdop finished the contest with a drop goal.

England coach Wayne Bennett said: "The first half was pretty good. I was really pleased with our ball control and the way we gave ourselves opportunities and I thought we defended pretty good.

"But I thought we lost our way in the second half with the football particularly. Defensively again we stood up but we've got to be better than that."