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Strong start steers England to victory

Liam Farrell, Tom Davies, Tommy Makinson and John Bateman gave England a 20-0 lead at half-time to set-up their first win under new coach Shaun Wane

Last Updated: 23/10/21 5:07pm

France duo Benjamin Jullien and Tony Gigot look to tackle England's Niail Evalds
France duo Benjamin Jullien and Tony Gigot look to tackle England’s Niail Evalds

England failed to capitalise on a flying start against France in Perpignan but still managed to deliver a comfortable victory for head coach Shaun Wane in his first Test match.

New captain John Bateman was among the tries as Wane’s team raced into a 20-0 lead after 17 minutes but they encountered some stern French resistance in the final hour and in the end, had to be satisfied with a 30-10 win.

On the day England were due to kick off the 2021 World Cup in Newcastle, a fixture arranged to help plug the gap left them with mixed emotions.

Wane, who handed debuts to eight players, will be thrilled by his side’s bright and breezy start but, after staring at a heavy defeat, France coach Laurent Frayssinous will take great encouragement from his team’s fightback in his first match in charge.

Frayssinous was able to blood eight youngsters with an eye on next year’s World Cup, while Wane knows he will be able to call on Sam Tomkins, Tom Burgess, Mark Percival, Daryl Clark and Elliot Whitehead for the bigger games ahead.

John Bateman on his way to scoring England’s third try against France

Little went right from the start for the French, who conceded a goal-line drop-out from the kick-off and gave England another leg up from a high tackle in front of the posts from Romain Navarrete.

A couple of handling errors from full-back Mark Kheirellah heaped more pressure as Paul McShane’s pass from dummy half got second rower Liam Farrell over for the game’s first try with just three minutes on the clock.

Half-back Jordan Abdull kicked the first of his three goals and kept the home side pinned back in their own half with some punishing kicks in an impressive start to his international career.

Right winger Tom Davies, playing on his home ground, came up with a remarkable acrobatic finish to score England’s second try and left winger Tom Makinson quickly added a third courtesy of a cut-out pass from his St Helens team-mate Jonny Lomax.

A surging run from the hugely impressive Alex Walmsley and some intricate inter-passing between Davies and centre Reece Lyne then enabled Bateman to score a fourth try and Abdull’s second goal made it 20-0.

France eventually steadied the ship and winger Morgan Escare went close to pulling a try back while England lost loose forward Morgan Knowles with an ankle injury 11 minutes before half-time and they did not look the same side in his absence.

Mikolaj Oledzki drives for the line against France

Davies dropped the ball over the line as he looked sure to double his try count early in the second half and France quickly worked their way upfield from where stand-off Arthur Mourge put 6ft 8in second rower Corentin Le Cam through a gap for a try on debut.

The French thought they have scored again when Kheirellah finished off a neat break by second rower Paul Seguier but it was disallowed for an obstruction in the build-up.

England failed to rediscover their early sparkle but ought to have added another try when Lyne broke clear only to make a hash of the execution.

They had Lomax sin-binned by French referee Ben Casty for an obstruction but managed to finish with a flourish while down to 12 men, with Makinson and Bateman scoring their second tries.

France were arguably the better team in the second half and forward Justin Sangare deservedly scored their second try, which was converted by Kheirellah.

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THE WELLNESS market is awash with vitamin supplements purporting to nourish the body in a variety of ways. While many dietary supplements can boost your health, the World Cancer Research Fund has issued a warning about one vitamin-based supplement: it may raise lung cancer risk.

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Strong political reactions in Sweden after two children end up injured in shooting incident: “Disgusting”

Politicians in Sweden reacted strongly to a shooting incident in Flemingsberg, south of Stockholm, where two small children were injured.

“The fact that the violence takes place in an environment where innocent children live shows total indifference and ruthlessness,” Minister of the Interior Mikael Damberg noted in a written comment to TT.

Nine people have been arrested after two children were injured due to gunfire in Flemingsberg south of Stockholm on Saturday night. According to Swedish media, the children are five and six years old and were hit in the legs.

“I want to express my horror and anger over the violence that has affected two children in Flemingsberg,” Damberg said.

“Difficult to put into words”

Johan Forsell of the Moderates believes that the incident has crossed a line.

“This is terrible. It is almost difficult to put into words because this really stands out,” he told TT.

Forsell wants more action to prevent such incidents from happening again. Among other things, he wants Sweden to do as Denmark did and double the punishment if a perpetrator who has been convicted committed the crime in a gang-related context.

“What has been lacking in the debate in recent years is society’s right to be able to protect itself against very dangerous people,” he said.

In a post on Facebook, the Liberals’ party leader Nyamko Sabuni called for more police officers, abolishing penalty rebates, and providing better tools for the police.

“Disgusting ruthlessness”

Christian Democrat leader Ebba Busch also commented on the incident via Twitter.

“This evil spares no means to cross new boundaries. It is simply sad that Sweden has ended up here, but we must acknowledge what reality looks like,” she said.

Spokeswoman for the Green Party, Märta Stenevi, said she was appalled and angry about what happened.

“The fact that violence penetrates environments where young children live is serious and completely unacceptable. Violence, weapons, and gangs have no place in our society,” she noted on Twitter.

The leader of the Left Party, Nooshi Dadgostar, also expresses his sympathy to those affected.

“Two small children who were out playing were hit by the shots. It shows a disgusting ruthlessness that frightens families. My thoughts go to the children and their loved ones,” she wrote in a Twitter message.

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‘Strong deterrent signal’ US Air force sends dozens of F-22s to Pacific amid China tension

The stealth fighters, which arrived in Guam on Sunday, will take part in a military exercise near the Tinian islands for Operation Pacific Iron 2021. Pacific Air Forces in Hawaii confirmed approximately 25 F-22 Raptors from the Hawaii Air National Guard and from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, have been deployed.

General Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, told CNN the deployment of F-22s will be the US’s largest joint deployment.

He said: “We have never had this many Raptors deployed together in the Pacific Air Forces area of operations.”

Operation Pacific Iron 2021 will focus on deploying, operating, manoeuvring, sustaining and generating forces from smaller and dispersed bases.

The operation is meant to project forces into the US Indo-Pacific Command area of responsibility showing the US to be “a more lethal, adaptive, resilient force”.

Images of the F-22s arriving at Andersen Air Base in Guam were shared on the Defence Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS).

According to a statement from Pacific Air Forces, other aircraft from Idaho and Japan will join the F-22s for what the Air Force calls an Agile Combat Employment operation.

The Agile Combat Employment operation will distribute the combat aircraft to other airfields across the region to increase survivability from enemy missile strikes.

Carl Schuster, a Hawaii-based defence analyst and a former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center, said the deployment of the Stealth fighters is sending a strong signal to China.

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Experts fear that a strike on those bases could seriously endanger an American attempt to retaliate to enemy threats.

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Arteta: ‘Strong character’ Saka will be fine

Bukayo Saka is a “strong character” who will withstand the racist abuse he suffered after England’s Euro 2020 final defeat, says Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal manager Arteta has spoken to the 19-year-old, who, along with England team-mates Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, was targeted on social media following their missed penalties in Sunday’s shootout loss to Italy at Wembley.

The racist abuse has received widespread condemnation, including from England boss Gareth Southgate, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Football Association, while a Metropolitan Police investigation is ongoing.

Asked whether he had personally been in contact with Saka, Arteta told Sky Sports News: “Yes, I have. We all have, I think, spoken to him, sent messages.

“He will be fine. He is such a strong character. He has received a lot of love and support from world football, not only with Arsenal but the national team and all the English fans because he doesn’t deserve anything like [what] he has been through.”

Bukayo Saka was one of three England players to be targeted on social media with racist abuse after the Euro 2020 final

Saka, who made his England debut as recently as October 2020, was a regular for Arsenal under Arteta last season and went on to feature in four games under Southgate at the European Championship.

“He has had a phenomenal season,” added Arteta, who was speaking after the club lost 2-1 to Hibernian in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday.

“In football, you want to be part of the greatest, you have to know today, at 19, that you lose more than you win unfortunately in this game and there are no exceptions to that rule.”

The Prime Minister met with social media companies at Downing Street earlier on Tuesday to discuss how to better tackle online abuse.


The racial abuse of athletes on social media could be close to reaching a ‘tipping point’ where victims decide to leave the platforms, according to New York Times reporter Ryan Mac.

Arteta insists now is the time to ensure meaningful progress occurs in stopping further hate and punishing perpetrators.

“Hopefully we can use now to make a strong statement and we have to stop racial abuse on social media and people using social media to hide and put people in really bad places.

“Hopefully the laws will become stronger. I think we are all going to try and make a strong case out of that and hopefully, it can have a big impact because I think it is the moment to put that right.”

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Fear Street Part 1 1994 review: Netflix slasher trilogy starts strong with a must-see film

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 trailer released on Netflix

Netflix are trying something different this year. This week marks the release of Fear Street Part 1: 1994, the first of three films set in Goosebumps author RL Stine’s fictional town of Shadyside. Later this month the story of the town’s murders continue in Fear Street Part 2: 1978 and Fear Street Part 3: 1666. The introduction to the series in 1994, however, is fantastic.

Deena (played by Kiana Madeira) is heartbroken after breaking up with her girlfriend, Sam (Olivia Scott Welch), and is struggling to get over the failed relationship.

Her disappointment crescendos when she sees Sam with a new boyfriend at a local football game between her school and their rivals from neighbouring town Sunnyvale. She doesn’t have too long to worry though, as a murderous high-schooler sends the entire town into chaos.

Before long, it is up to Sam, Deena, her brother Josh (Benjamin Flores Jr), and their friends Kate (Julia Rehwald) and Simon (Fred Hechinger) to figure out the mystery behind the vicious Skull Mask Killer that pursues them.

What follows is a gripping look into the horror genre, complete with a number of cliches that are treated with respect rather than obligation.

It quickly becomes evident that Fear Street Part 1: 1994 wears its inspirations on its sleeve, creating something fans of the scene will love.

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Fear Street Part 1 1994 review: The first entry into the trilogy is great fun (Image: NETFLIX)

Killers of all kinds are given their spotlight in the movie, all of which have direct inspirations no doubt taken from some of the greats.

The Skull Mask Killer almost seems ripped straight from the Scream franchise, as the frantic murderer wields nothing more than a serrated blade to slaughter his victims.

Meanwhile, the supernatural nature of the killers that follow the gang feels a little more like the Nightmare on Elm Street series.

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 does feel somewhat different, though. It has that sort of Netflix sheen draped over it. The almost overuse of ’90s music adds to the overall sickly-sweet pastiche, and the comparisons to Netflix’s heavy-hitter Stranger Things are endless – mostly in a good way.

Fear Street Part 1 1994 review: Maya Hawke’s role is short but sweet (Image: NETFLIX)

Most notably, however, Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is a really good looking movie. Between moments of bright neon and dark forests, the style and direction of each scene are beautiful. Real care and effort have been put into this picture. 

The aforementioned echoes of classic horror films are of course tied together with a healthy dose of violence, blood, gore, and brutality.

With that said, there are not a lot of examples of pulpy death scenes that horror fans have come to expect.

In fact, most of the film’s time is spent trying to figure out the backstory of the Fear Street witch, Sarah Fier.

Fear Street Part 1 1994 review: The supernatural plot is enticing (Image: NETFLIX)

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Considering the film is billed as a neon-clad slasher flick, the final product doesn’t reflect that exactly.

Despite this, the haunting tale of a long-forgotten local witch is expanded upon further with stories of murderous teenagers in Shadyside throughout the ages (no doubt nods to the upcoming films, 1978 and 1666) – and this entire portion of Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is really interesting.

While the overall plot of the movie is enticing, the dialogue leaves a lot to be desired. Some lines prompt vigorous eye-rolls and others beget amnesia. Combine some of this unavailing dialogue with a dull and staggered will-they-won’t-they relationship, and you have the worst parts of the film.

In spite of these shortcomings, most of the film’s plot has an indelible pace that really holds its own.

That is, until its last major scenes.

Fear Street Part 1 1994 review: The film looks fantastic throughout (Image: NETFLIX)

The final 20-or-so minutes of Fear Street Part 1: 1994 are dedicated to setting up the film’s already-shot sequel, Fear Street Part 2: 1978.

Ultimately, this is totally fine. Viewers will only have to wait a week for their next instalment, but it does give a bit of an unwanted peek behind the curtain. It makes the entire experience feel like a marketing ploy by Netflix (which, it obviously is, but this is where the seams start to show the most).


Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is a thrilling slasher film for the Stranger Things generation. Extra effort has been put into the dark and mysterious backstory of the town and the characters themselves, rather than cliched “horror” tropes of the genre. The result is a film that feels fresh, thrilling, and has a passable dose of the genre’s required moments. For the most part, the dialogue isn’t spectacular, and will probably leave viewers cringing – but isn’t that all part of the charm? Ultimately, fans will be dying to see the next entry to the Fear Street trilogy. 

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is out now.

Fear Street Part 2: 1978 hits Netflix on July 9, 2021. 

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