18th October 2019, 14:14 | englandrl

Watts delighted with win in nines debut

Watts delighted with win in nines debut

Castleford forward Liam Watts was delighted to get going for England in their win against Wales on Friday - although he admits to having nerves beforehand.

The Tigers man, who was superb in Super League this season, had never tasted the nines format before the start of the Downer World Cup Nines, and admits it was a challenge.

"I didn’t know what to expect at first. We didn’t get to watch a game beforehand but getting out there was good. We had a good start, got into it really well and I really enjoyed it.

"I was a bit nervous to start with. I don’t really gwet nervous but it’s a totally different game altogether so you don’t know what to expect and you’ve got no video on the opponents in front of you. You just have to get straight into the mixer and whatever happens, happens."

Wayne Bennett's side showed some real quality in their 25-4 win against the Dragons, with Jake Connor notching twice and Sam Tomkins - who had experienced nines before - stealing the show with some magic, and Watts was really pleased with his side's convincing opening.

"It's a perfect start. We’ve got a lot of good players in the team, I thought Sam (Tomkins) played really well.

"France and Lebanon tomorrow are two good teams so it’ll be interesting to see how we go against those two tomorrow."

England face their final two group games against the aforementioned two sides on Saturday morning, with the games kicking off at 2:20am BST and 5:25am BST respectively.