England romp to Wales win

  • Last Updated: October 27 2012, 17:42 BST

Wigan winger Josh Charnley grabbed four tries on his international debut as England put Wales to the sword in their opening autumn international in Wrexham.

Josh Charnley crosses for an England try

Charnley, whose 31 tries enabled him to finish top of the Super League list in 2012, continued his prolific form as England outclassed a gallant but limited Welsh side 80-12 in front of 4,014 fans at the Racecourse Ground.

Leeds stand-off Kevin Sinfield kicked 24 points on his first appearance as captain of the national side and took the man-of-the-match award for his playmaking skills as England secured their place in the November 11 final.

England, with seven players winning their first caps, ran in 14 tries but fell just short of their record 74-0 win over Wales in Bridgend in 2009.

England's other tries came from Ryan Hall (2), Zak Hardaker (2), Leroy Cudjoe (2) Kallum Watkins, Rob Burrow, Gareth Ellis and Jamie Jones-Buchanan.

Christiaan Roets and Danny Fleming scored consolation tries for the hosts, both converted by Matt Seamark.

"I'm very happy," said England coach Steve McNamara said. "We were on a bit of a hiding to nothing. Wales is an extremely tough place to come.

"We were expected to win and win well and, if we didn't do that, there would have been some questions asked.

"It certainly doesn't do us any harm to put on a performance like that.

"There were a whole host of different challenges - being resounding favourites was one of them - but we overcame most of them.

"We weren't picture perfect by any stretch and we'll look to improve next week against France."


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