Four tries, each by Joe Coyd and James Simpson, helped England on their way to a 21-try defeat by Ireland in their last Group A match; the host nation now plays against Wales or the US in the semi-finals; Australia defeated Spain to face France in the other semi-final
Last updated: 09/11/22 16:36
Joe Coyd and James Simpson stole the show with four tries each as England warmed up to Sunday’s semi-final in the wheelchair Rugby League World Cup with a 121-0 thrashing of Ireland.
Tom Coyd’s men had secured their spot in the last four with a 104-12 win over Spain over the weekend but produced an even stronger offensive play on this occasion with Jack Brown and Nathan Collins adding hat-tricks in the 21 try route.
England are now just two wins away from a second ever World Cup win and will be all eyes on Thursday in Group B to see who they will face in the semi-finals.
After Tom Coyd’s side scored triple digits against Spain on Sunday, they began to repeat the trick with three tries scored in the opening 10 minutes of this Group A match via Sebastien Bechara, Joe Coyd and Tom Halliwell.
By mid-first half, they had built up a 36-0 lead, putting them on course to improve their weekend.
Simpson produced the selection from the early scores and completed a brilliant team move with quick passes from Halliwell, Bechara and Joe Coyd before the try-line.
Joe Coyd completed his hat-trick at 26 minutes and star man Brown quickly impressed after arriving by hauling the half-century for England.
Collins had taken over conversion duties at the time but came into action just before half time with a fine finish in the corner and England were leading 66-0 at half time after a 12 try attempt with Halliwell, Bechara, Brown and Simpson making doubles. grabs.
Ireland were able to put up some resistance at the start of the second half, but Brown completed his treble in the 46th minute after grabbing Collins’ punch forward.
After adding the extras, Collins grabbed another try before the Irish supporters saw their celebration of a try cut short. Tom Martin landed in the corner, but England’s Adam Rigby had his tag torn off to make the tackle just in the nick of time.
Normal service resumed shortly afterwards with Collins going over for his hat-trick and minutes later Rigby’s try put the hosts within easy reach of the 100-point mark.
And it was Rigby who brought out three figures with 10 minutes to go after some good work by Declan Roberts to cheer another record-breaking crowd.
Simpson still had time to complete his treble before he and Joe Coyd added more scores. England now faces either one Wales or the United States in Sunday’s semifinal at the English Institute of Sport.
Earlier in the day at the Copper Box, Australia confirmed their place in the semi-finals with a 52-32 . win Spain in the other Group A match.
James Hill led the way for the Wheelaroos with four tries and Diab Karim added two and kicked three conversions.
Brad Grove, Peter Arbuckle and Cory Cannane, who added two conversions, also got one try each, with three further conversions from Bayley McKenna completing Australia’s tally.
Spain answered with two tries apiece from Theo Gonzalez, who kicked three conversions, and Raphael Monedero – plus one each from Joel Lacombe and Yannick Martin. Wilfrid Seron added one conversion.
Australia now faces reigning champions France in the other semi-final on Sunday in Sheffield (12 noon). The final is on Friday, November 18 in Manchester Central.