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England Start with a Hard-fought Win
Posted by southstander on October 25 2008 - 15:05:09

Hat-Trick

England started off their world cup campaign with what should have been the easiest game in the group, a tie against Papua New Guinea at the sun-drenched Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville.

Five of the Rhinos players who triumped at Old Trafford three weeks ago were in the starting line-up, with a sixth, Danny McGuire getting a place on the bench. Saints also had five in the starting line-up, the top two sides in the league were providing the lion share of England players.

Now rather than battering each other, they had to gell as a team. We bring you a Rhino-centric match report.

We bring you all of the action here......

32

England

v

PNG

22

World Cup 2008

Game 1

25th October 2008

England Start With a Hard-fought Win

England had prodded and probed at the start of a full-blooded match but it took twelve minutes to get on the board. Pryce went close and looked to offload but had no support, from the next play-the-ball Roby found Gardner who crossed on the corner. Sinfield slid the conversion brilliantly from the wing, we were off to the perfect start, but it had taken some getting.

On fifteen minutes, fast feet from Lee Smith saw him do everything but ground the ball after a thirty metre run. A fast play the ball was knocked on by Graham and the chance went.

On nineteen Griffin bulldozed over the top of Roby and Salford's Wilshire added the two. PNG were sending out the message that England were not going to have this all their way.

On twenty-eight minutes a Wellens pass found Lee Smith who went to ground just over the line. Once again Kevin Sinfield converted from way out on the wing and now England were 12-6 up, Leeds players having scored eight of them.

With four minutes of the half remaining, Stanley Gene put in a great ball to Chan who exploited a gap left by Keith Senior to touch down. Wilshire added the extras and PNG had upset the odds to level the score with the half-time hooter warming up.

With seconds left, a high ball from Gene was flapped at by Lee Smith under some pressure. Kepa picked up the loose ball and grounded in the corner to give PNG the lead. Wilshire missed the conversion but it was a valuable four point advantage to the underdogs as the hooter called the sides back into the sheds. England needed to turn things around or it could be their World Cup over!

Six minutes into the second half and PNG looked to be over again but the referee brought the play back for a forward pass. England breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Fifty minutes on the clock and a Wilkin pass missed out Senior and found Smith on the wing to cross and then slighlty improve the angle, a brace for the Harry Sunderland Trophy winner. Sinfield slid the ball wide right of the post and the scores were tied at 16-16.

Fifty-eight and England re-took the lead after a change of direction and inside pass from Rob Burrow put Martin Gleeson through a gap from five metres to score. Sinfield sailed this one over for 22-16.

On sixty-two, McGuire (on for Roby on 55) looked to have given Lee Smith his hat-trick but once again the referee ruled forward pass.

Ten minutes of the game remaining and England extended the lead. Sinfield, Gleeson and Pryce all combined to put Gardner over and see both wingers with a brace. Sinfield slid over another great touchline conversion for 28-16 and a twelve point lead.

On seventy-two the PNG side were tiring and Smith took full benefit, this time off a Senior pass to cross from five metres in the corner. It was Lee Smiths hat-trick, continuing his great form at the end of the Superleague season, a performance that all Rhinos fans can be proud of. Sinfield failed to convert but England now had a 32-16 lead.

With five minutes left a Gene grubber was left by Wellens and Aiton picked up a bouncing ball to cross next to the sticks. Wilshire converted to narrow the gap.

England looked a bit rusty in defence, particularly Senior and Wellens. Lee Smith took his three tries, and his disallowed try, very well and Sinfield kicked some tough goals from the touchline. Rob Burrow was possibly Englands Man-of-the-Match, he seemed to be everywhere at once, but don't forget the contribution of Peacock and Ellis. All our lads acquitted themselves well, with Senior being the only one who must be fearful of losing his position against the Aussies next sunday.

Match Facts

England
PNG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
No.
Player
T
G
DG
1
Wellens
1
Wilshire
3
2
Gardner
2
2
Moore
3
Gleeson
1
3
Maori
4
Senior
4
Joe
5
Smith
3
5
Kepa
1
6
Pryce
6
Gene
7
Burrow
7
Peters
8
Peacock
8
Aizue
9
Roby
9
Aiton
1
10
Graham
10
Exton
11
Hock
11
Costigan
12
Ellis
12
Nightingale
13
Sinfield
4
16
Griffin
1
14
McGuire
14
Pora
15
Fa'asavalu
21
Moni
16
Morley
23
Chan
1
17
Wilkin
17
Wabo

Kick Off:
09:30 (GMT)
Half-Time:
12-16
Referee:
Shayne Hayne
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