England 42 v 0 Ireland (Rugby League World Cup)
A record capacity crowd for a sporting event turned out at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield to watch England demolish Ireland.
England got off to a blistering start, and capitalised on an error by Tyrone McCarthy, Leroy Cudjoe sending in Hall to open the scoring. Sinfield’s conversion attempt rebounded off the post before another Irish handling allowed them to go further ahead.
Rory Kostjasyn spilled the ball, allowing Brett Ferres to link up with his Giants team-mate Cudjoe, who again found Hall to score his and England’s second, Sinfield converting this time.
Cudjoe was in the thick of the action once more when he held off several Irish defenders before finding Rangi Chase whose kick was well taken by Briscoe to notch up England’s third try of the game.
Briscoe scored his second when Sam Tomkins broke through the Irish line before passing to the Leeds-bound winger who ran on unchallenged to the try-line.
This was followed by the try of the game. A fantastic move involving Watkins, Ben Westwood, Sinfield ended with Cudjoe again finding Hall who collected his hat-trick with an impressive finish.
Soon after Tomkins again broke through the Irish line and found Ferres, who went over to score on his home ground to give England a 30-0 lead at the break.
Ireland started the second half with more resolute defending and some good attacking combinations but failed to break through. England then increased their lead when Watkins crossed after he took the palmed-down ball from Briscoe.
Chase was next to add his name to the score sheet when he latched onto Tomkins’s grubber, following some smart play from the full-back.
England – Tomkins, Briscoe, Watkins, Cudjoe, Hall, Chase, Sinfield, Hill, Roby, G.Burgess, Ferres, Westwood, O’Loughlin (Subs) Widdop, Ablett, T.Burgess, Graham
Ireland – Mendeika, Blanch, Littler, Pewhairangi, Richards, Currie, Finn, White, Kostjasyn, Hasson, Finnigan, Allen, McCarthy (Subs) Beswick, Ambler, Bridge, Mullally
Trys (England) – Hall (2, 12, 21), Briscoe (16,18), Ferres (23), Watkins (55), Chase (68)
Conversions (England) – Sinfield (12, 18, 23, 55) Widdop (68)
Attendance – 24,375