Rugby League World Cup: Pundits praise England after 10-try win over Samoa


Hosts: England Dates: From October 15 to November 19
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from England An emphatic 60-6 win over Samoa The opening match of the World Cup was described as “the stuff of dreams” and “a complete and utter demolition job” by the BBC TV commentary team.

“That’s as good as it gets and it sets a benchmark for the tournament,” said the former England captain. Jamie Peacock

“There was a lot of talk before the game that Samoa were a superstar team, but England looked like a shambles.”

Eight players scored tries as the hosts tore apart the Samoan defense in the second half at St James’ Park.

Shaun Wane’s hosts went into contention against a strong and skilful Samoan outfit that featured five players from NRL Grand Final winners Penrith Panthers.

But they allayed their fears of losing the start of the tournament by dominating the competition and running in 10 tries in what was expected to be the team’s toughest game.

“Wow! It was a complete and utter demolition job from England. It was a great performance with everyone contributing,” said the former England striker. James Graham

Former England player Jon Wilkin he added: “They executed everything very well and it was pleasing that they dominated in all aspects.

“Their backs went through the Samoan defense with ease, the back three were impressive and George Williams and Jack Welsby were absolutely sensational at half-back.”

The home team had all the momentum from the start, leading 18-6 at the break.

And they stepped it up another notch in the closing stages, scoring six tries in the last 15 minutes.

BBC rugby league correspondent Dave Woods He described the England display as a “Hollywood performance”.

“This is the stuff of dreams,” Woods added in comments on BBC One. “Such a score was unthinkable before the start.

“England’s World Cup charge has started here. They now have the star quality players to match the other top nations.

“Watch out world – England is coming!”

Former Great Britain coach Brian Noble he added: “Everyone talked about Samoa’s physical ability, but England showed we have big, strong players too.

“It was a very good performance from England, supported by a team that looked confused, to be honest.”

Former Great Britain international Jonathan Davies he said the quality of England’s attacking play will give them confidence.

“We have often said that England have been strong and dominant in the forwards, but unfortunately they have lacked try-scoring and killer instinct,” he said.

“That will give England so much confidence in their attacking game. They are confident with their shooting game and their defensive game, now this is going to be huge for them.”

England face France next Saturday and Samoa host Greece the following day.