England raced out to a 22-6 lead at halftime but could only manage seven points in the second, with execution an issue for Bennett’s side after a remarkable five forward passes were called throughout the encounter.Gareth Widdop had a mixed evening at five-eighth before shifting to fullback late in the clash with Bennett opting to test out George Williams in the halves leading into the side’s clash with France in Perth next week. “I thought we lost our way in the second half with the football in particular,” Bennett said after the win.”These games are difficult because you’re expected to win and nobody knows by how much. For us, a part of our journey is to be consistent and it’s not good enough. “We’re not a good enough team where we can turn it off and turn it back on. “We’ve got to keep it on all the time and did until half-time and then lost our way.”England skipper Sean O’Loughlin dismissed talk the side went into the second half with a complacent mentality after racing out to a 16-point advantage at the break. “We came in pleased at halftime but like Wayne said we lost our way and we’re disappointed,” he said. “I don’t think it was complacency, the boys were trying. We just weren’t nailing the passes or making the right decisions.”Both Bennett and O’Loughlin praised the efforts of Lebanon following the game, who will face heavyweights Australia next week in Sydney after a spirited effort in defeat.”I thought they played with a lot of energy and tried really hard, they had good structure and their ball control was good,” Bennett said.”Without a lot of star players in their team it was a credit to them.”Meanwhile, Bennett was tight-lipped over Robbie Farah’s biting allegations that marred the second half, with England winger Jermaine McGillvary placed on report in the 43rd minute. “It’s hard for me to make a comment,” Bennett said.”From where I’m sitting I can’t tell if he bit him or not.”McGillvary was unavailable for comment post-game with the match review committee set to decide if the winger is charged in the coming days.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBefore the current storm, the last storm to produced more than an inch was in April 2006, Seto said. Though only about an inch of rain fell in most areas since Monday night, rainfall totals were much higher in the mountains. In Warm Springs, in the Angeles National Forest near Castaic, 3.95 inches fell. At the fire station in Malibu’s Monte Nido area, 2.13 inches fell as of 7 a.m., but no slides were reported in canyon areas denuded by the wildfires that broke out Nov. 24 atop Corral Canyon and Oct. 21 in Malibu Canyon. In Orange County’s fire-denuded Santiago and Modjeska canyons, no flooding or mudslides were reported. Parts of that burn area, in the Cleveland National Forest, have been coated with hydromulch, a gummy mixture of wood and paper that helps hold hillsides together. For the first time in two years, rainfall totals in Los Angeles were running ahead of the seasonal norm today. A little more than an inch of rain fell at the National Weather Service station at USC over the past day or so and, as of midnight, the seasonal total came to 3.34 inches since July 1, according to Stuart Seto of the NWS. The seasonal norm is 2.85 inches for this time of year, he said. In an average year, Los Angeles gets about 15 inches of rain, but last year only about 3.21 inches fell, making it the driest on record in 130 years. During the 2005-06 rainy season, the total was 11.6 inches. In the mountains, 3-7 inches of snow fell at elevations of 6,500 feet or more, and a NWS snow advisory remained in effect through noon. Seto said the brunt of the storm had passed, but a chance of showers would remain in the forecast through tomorrow. The weekend should be dry, and Monday and Tuesday — Christmas Day — should be mostly clear and warmer, with highs in the mid 60s and lower 70s. About 280 accidents handled by the California Highway Patrol in Los Angeles County between 5 p.m. yesterday and 5 a.m. today, compared to about 75 during the same period last week, said CHP Officer David Porter. One of those accidents left one person dead, he said, adding that it happened around 9 p.m. yesterday in Phillips Ranch. Details on the wreck were not expected until after 8 a.m. The storm brought 1.14 inches of rain in downtown Los Angeles, according to the NWS, with much heavier rainfall in Los Angeles County mountain areas, including 2 inches at Camp 9. The rain triggered power outages in Northridge, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported. It said that 25,500 customers were affected by outages, some of them brief, that spanned almost 10 hours, ending at 4:30 a.m., said Gale Harris of the DWP. Following are some other rainfall totals, as of 7 a.m.: — Bel-Air Hotel, 1.57 inches — Ballona Creek at Sawtelle Boulevard, 1.26 inches — Hollywood Reservoir, 0.99 inches — Los Angeles River at Firestone Boulevard, 0.72 inches — Chatsworth, 0.81 inches — Pacoima Dam, 1.85 inches — Santa Fe Dam, 1.14 inches 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!