18th October 2019, 14:30 | englandrl
England’s Wheelchair squad will head south for Sydney in good shape for the serious business of their five-match Australia tour, after romping to a 104-12 victory over Queensland in Brisbane today.
Jack Brown’s tourists followed a comfortable opening win against North Queensland in Townsville with an even more emphatic performance, scoring 19 tries.
Brown led from the front with six, and also landed three conversions for a 30-point haul. The Halifax skipper also praised the performances of the Kent Argonauts pair Lewis King and James Hazel, who scored two tries apiece, while Leeds youngster Nathan Collins continued his impressive tour with a hat-trick.
HALF TIME | Queensland Wheelchair 8 - 50 #EnglandRL Wheelchair— England Rugby League (@England_RL) October 18, 2019
👏 A sensational half from the touring-side - how about this pass from Wayne Boardman?!
📺 Watch the second half here: https://t.co/wf0fJI2IxJ pic.twitter.com/luiLGSWTeO
Now the focus will switch to the first of two Tests against Australia in Liverpool in Sydney’s western suburbs on Monday – although first, the squad hope to get to the Bankwest Stadium to cheer on the England Men and Women on Finals Day in the Downer World Cup Nines.
“If everything goes to plan with the travel, we’ll be there to watch the other two England teams,” said Brown.
“I’ve just read a tweet from the RFL saying we’re three from three in Australia today – all good for England.
“You wouldn’t guess it from the final score but we had a dodgy start today. They came out pretty strong, playing rough and quite aggressive – a lot of hip-thrusting, to use the technical term.
“We didn’t react very well to it early on, but that’s one of the good things about a tour like this – you get presented with different challenges, and you have to handle them. Within 25 minutes we’d settled down, and we played some nice stuff after that.
“I was pleased for Lewis King and James Hazel because they’re both pretty new to the squad, and today they really showed they’re settling in.
“This tour has always been about building to three big games – two Tests against Australia, and then the last fixture against a very strong New South Wales team. So far it’s going to plan, and we’re all looking forward to the challenge.”
Tries – Jack Brown 6, Nathan Collins 3, Seb Bechara 2, Lewis King 2, Ryan Richardson 2, James Hazel 2, Joe Coyd, Tom Halliwell
Goals – Tom Halliwell 7, Wayne Boardman 4, Jack Brown 3