Strong start for England Men and Women

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England Women 25-4 Papua New Guinea

Despite a fast start from the pacific islanders, England defended well and waited patiently for their turn.

Eventually, England got a penalty and scored with their first proper attack as Rhiannon Marshall went in under the posts for a bonus point try. Tara Stanley converted to make it a seven point advantage.

It wasn’t long until England added to that lead as Caitlin Beevers went in out wide. Stanley missed the conversion, but it was still an 11 point lead for the Lionesses.

The Orchids then managed to break well and get a try right before half time, though the conversion was missed.

However, the second half was all England, and they grabbed their next try in the first two  minutes as Marshall grabbed her second try, though Stanley missed the conversion.

Then came two tries in two minutes as St Helens pair Emily Rudge and Leah Burke both got over. Georgia Roche took the last conversion and scored.

That set up a comfortable win for England, and set them up well for difficult matches against Australia and New Zealand tomorrow.

England 25-4 Wales

It didn’t take long for England to get a foothold in this one as Daryl Clark managed to sell the dummy and get over. Gareth Widdop scored the conversion for a six point advantage.

Then, a magical break from Sam Tomkins set up the next try, as he got the ball back from Widdop to go over under the posts for a bonus point try. Widdop then scored the conversion for a quickfire 13 point lead.

NRL bound George Williams then showed his worth with a brilliant pass to find Jermaine McGillvary out wide, who made no mistake in the corner. Blake Austin took over kicking responsibility but missed this time.

Birthday boy Jake Connor made it a day to remember as he got a quickfire second half double to start the second half on his Nines debut.

But it was the Welsh who got the last word as a kick forward was put down by Mike Butt. However, the conversion was missed.

There is plenty there for England to take forward in the rest of the tournament, if they play the way they did, then they should make the finals.

As for Wales, there are some things for them to work on, but they have two games to put it right.

Both still have to play France and Lebanon.

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