England recovered from their opening week defeat to Australia with an impressive 42-0 win over Ireland in the second round of fixtures in the Rugby League World Cup.
In front of a sellout crowd at the John Smith’s stadium in Huddersfield, England began the game in positive fashion with Leeds Rhinos’ Ryan Hall crossing in the second minute following clever play from Rangi Chase.
Hall extended England’s lead to 10 points ten minutes later. Brett Ferres produced a stunning offload to Huddersfield team mate Leeroy Cudjoe 30 meters out, who moved the ball on to Hall for another simple finish in the corner.
England’s confidence levels continued to rise and a matter of minutes later England’s lead was increased to 14 points. The hosts took advantage of some poor defending from the Irish to produce a fine passing move which saw James Roby kick to the corner, where Pat Richards was easily outjumped by new Leeds Rhinos winger Tom Briscoe, who crossed out wide.
England continued their dominant start by adding a fourth try to complete a hugely impressive opening 20 minutes. Sam Tomkins broke down the right before passing to Tom Briscoe who beat Richards once again, using his pace to step inside the Australia-born man and run unchallenged for the line. 20-0 after just 19 minutes.
England were rampant and two minutes later, they were over again. Ryan Hall completed his hat-trick after brilliant play from Brett Ferres, once again, who left Cudjoe in space to move the ball on to Hall for another simple finish. Leaving England 24 points up only a quarter of the way into the match.
Then, Ferres got the try his excellent performance deserved, finishing off from a Sam Tomkins break on 24 minutes.
With the score now at 30-0, a huge scoreline was on the cards.
But, Ireland finally began to improve after the half hour mark and kept England scoreless until the 55th minute when Kallum Watkins scored.
Melbourne half-back Gareth Widdop floated an inch-perfect kick to the right side of the England attack and Tom Briscoe did well to palm the ball back into the path of Leeds centre Watkins who crossed for his 7th try in as many games for his country.
Rangi Chase completed the scoring with 12 minutes remaining by taking advantage of some tired defending from Ireland after a cleverly orchestrated attack from Sam Tomkins to cap off a comprehensive 42-0 victory.