England made an excellent start to the second phase of the World Cup Rugby League Competition at Warrington, Lancashire, on Saturday (20 September), when they scored a well deserved win over Wales.
England made an excellent start to the second phase of the World Cup Rugby League Competition at Warrington, Lancashire, on Saturday (20 September), when they scored a well deserved win over Wales. But the issue was closer than at first seemed likely when England held a commanding lead of 12 points to nil midway through the first half.
This was thoroughly deserved because they had shown far more sparkle, pace and skill. Wales had seemed flat-footed by comparison, but rallied effectively to reduce the deficit to 14-9 at half time. They kept up the pressure just after the restart, and against a flagging England, managed to draw level at 14-14.
In a ding-dong last quarter, first one side then the other held the initiative, but it was a final flourish by England which eventually settled the issued. Outstanding on the winning side was the English captain and scrum-half, Roger Millward of Hull Kingston Rovers. He directed the attack with great skill and brought the best out of his colleagues.
He was well supported by his partner, Ken Gill, of Salford, who was chosen as "man of the match". In the pack Steve Norton took the honour, while full-back George Fairbairn made a substantial contribution with six goals. Peter Banner of Halifax, David Watkins of Salford, Bill Francis of Wigan, and Kel Coslett of St. helens, were the pick for Wales.
The final score was Wales 16 England 22.