England Take The Spoils
England 30 Exiles 10 at The Halliwell Jones Stadium
England started their campaign for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup with a convincing win over the Exiles side. A confident first-half performance gave the home nation a comfortable 24-0 lead going into the break, the Exiles proving good opposition but the skills of Tomkins, Roby and Sinfield were too much to handle.
In windy conditions the opening encounters were a little strained, but it was Tomkins who put the grubber kick in for Hardaker to pounce on and open the scoring for England on the 20th minute. Roby showed that he is getting back to past excellence after a lay off from injury, backed up and went the distance to score.
It was becoming one-way traffic as Myler and Ellis found space for Cudjoe to push the score out further, with solid work from Hill and Westwood making the platform.
Tomkins finished the half in fine style showing his blistering pace and balance to tear through the Exiles line and make it 24-0.
The second half was a little more laboured as Captain Sinfield left the game with an injured hand. Some cohesion was lost and a bullocking run from Paea through the English line grabbed the first points for the Exiles.
Continuing the scoring, after another Tomkins attempt was disallowerd, Hohaia found the gap in the England defence and the ball was worked right, a neat short pass from Menzies to Joel Monaghan who finished in the corner.
Cudjoe's score intercepting an ambitious pass from Harrison Hansenwith 18 minutes left well and truly sealed the game as a competition, giving the England the win they wanted ahead of the World Cup in October.
England: Tomkins, Charnley, Cudjoe, Hardaker, Hall, Sinfield, Myler, Mossop, Roby, Hill, Farrell, Ellis, Jones-Buchanan.
Replacements: Chase, Crabtree, Westwood, Ferres.
Tries: Hardaker, Roby, Cudjoe 2, Tomkins
Goals: Sinfield 4, Charnley
Exiles: Hodgson, Monaghan, Menzies, Moon, Richards, Burns, Dobson, Leuluai, L'Estrange, Puletua, Soliola, Waterhouse, Hansen.
Replacements: Hohaia, Paea, Taia, Bailey.
Tries: Paea, Monaghan
14, Jun, 2013