Rugby League World Cup: England 42-0 Ireland | Scotland 30-30 Italy
England 42-0 Ireland
England trashed Ireland with a 42-0 victory in their second group game of the Rugby League World Cup at Huddersfield.
McNamara had accused his players of taking their eye off the ball in a shock pre-tournament defeat by Italy but this time they looked fully focused from the start as they established a 30-0 lead after 23 minutes.
Ryan Hall led the way with three of his side’s eight tries and fellow winger Tom Briscoe made the most of his recall to the side by touching down twice, while Kallum Watkins, Rangi Chase and Brett Ferres added others to the delight of a stadium record crowd of 24,375 at Huddersfield.
The home side had lost 28-20 to favourites Australia in the opening match of the tournament and needed a good performance against a side who were comfortably defeated by Fiji in Rochdale on Monday.
They certainly delivered that in the opening quarter of the match, although it was difficult to assess quite how good they were against opponents who were vastly inferior in many areas.
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Scotland 30-30 Italy
Scotland and Italy both remain unbeaten in Group C after sharing a thrilling draw at Workington.
Five days earlier, the Scots had edged out Tonga 26-24 in Workington and on Sunday they were given another stern test of their credentials by Group C rivals Italy, who defeated Wales in their opening match of the tournament.
The Danny Brough-inspired Bravehearts appeared to be on course for another victory after taking a 14-0 lead but Italy came roaring back.
Italy's Cameron Ciraldo and Raymond Nasso both scored to make it 14-12 at half-time.
Danny Addy and Ben Hellewell touched down either side of Nasso's second as Scotland extended their lead to 26-18.
Chris Centrone and Anthony Minichiello put Italy ahead before Hellewell's try ensured both sides picked up a point.
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