18th October 2019, 10:50 | englandrl
The England Men got their World Cup Nines campaign off to the perfect start with a barn-storming 25-4 victory over close neighbours Wales.
Wayne Bennett's side, who have been based in Sydney since Monday, produced a sparkling performance of skill and persistance, with Catalans' star Sam Tomkins - the only man to particpate in nines before, during his time in New Zealand - unleashing his full repertoire of tricks.
It was a fast start for the men in white and red, with 2019 Lance Todd Trophy winner Daryl Clark scooping up from the tackle to dive over for the game's first points.
Then, Tomkins came alive.
The former Wigan Warrior collected a supreme offload from Gareth Widdop to go under the posts, after initially producing a superb break to get Widdop in.
And Jermaine McGillvary - no stranger to scoring on the international stage - finished off a slick passing move to give England a commanding lead at the break.
It was more of the same soon after, with skipper James Graham pulling off a gorgeous offload that led to a try for birthday boy Jake Connor.
And Connor was in again shortly after, with Tomkins producing an outrageous behind-the-back pass to send Bennett's team on their way to a fifth score.
Wales weren't to be denied though, as Swinton's Mike Butt showed great skill and determination to chase a grubber for the corner and touchdown, but the game was long over as a contest by that point.
Clark, Connor, Graham (c), McGillvary, Tomkins, Watts, Whitehead, Widdop, Williams
Interchanges: Burgess, Hall, Austin, Trueman
Tries: Clark, Tomkins, McGillvary, Connor (2)
Kear (c), Williams, R. Evans, Grace, White, Curtis Davies, B. Evans, Fleming, Lloyd
Interchanges: Butt, Green, Bennion, Connor Davies
🤩 Probably watching this try on repeat for the rest of the day... pic.twitter.com/VndUmPYwq6— England Rugby League (@England_RL) October 18, 2019