England v Greece 2021 RLWC

A four-try haul from Dom Young has helped England batter Greece 94-4 at Bramall Lane in a World Cup record victory.

The hosts finished off the group stage and booked top spot with a convincing rout over the European nation in Sheffield.

Greece were outmatched against Shaun Wane’s side, in front of the biggest-ever rugby league crowd in Sheffield of 18,760, who took charge early in ruthless fashion.

It took just two minutes for England to break the deadlock, with Marc Sneyd feeding Matty Lees for the opening try.

Sneyd added the extras to make it 6-0.

Greece showed some courage in the next few sets, and built some pressure, but off the back of a Titans error, the hosts struck again.

In the 12th minute, a pass over the top from John Bateman saw Young dive over.

From the sideline, Sneyd missed his conversion, with the score staying at 10-0.

But on 17 minutes it was the Greeks who sensationally struck back, a Jordan Meads’ pass finding Siteni Taukamo who touched down.

Lachlan Ilias sliced his kick, so the lead was cut back to 10-4.

At 25 minutes it was Young in again, for his second of the afternoon, after a lovely cut-out pass from George Williams.

Sneyd’s kick was perfect this time to extend the lead to 16-4.

In the following set, it was Ryan Hall’s turn to get on the scoresheet, the winger finishing off a smart Sneyd kick to the corner.

The halfback couldn’t convert from the sideline, leaving it at 20-4.

The Greeks were tiring, and in the 32nd minute Williams cut them up with a nice inside pass for Tom Burgess to barge over.

Sneyd made no mistake to make it 26-4. Two minutes later Young showed his strength to bring up his hat-trick.

There was still time for the Newcastle flyer to grab up another, set up by Kai Pearce-Paul. And then right on time, Jack Welsby put Chris Hill through, and he found Williams to go 50 metres to score.

England were completely dominant at half-time with the score at 44-4.

The carnage continued in the second half, it taking less than two minutes for Tommy Makinson to get a try.

In the 48th minute, it was Sneyd who finished off a break down the line to get a four-pointer.

He converted his own try to take the scoreboard to 56-4.

Burgess was the next to cross, over a nice short ball from the halfback.

In the 58th minute, Hall got his second of the match from a perfect cut-out pass from Sneyd.

Four minutes later it was debutant Joe Batchelor who added his name to the try-scorers tally.

England were closing in on their biggest-ever World Cup win, which was 76-4 over Russia in 2000.

They equalled it when Andy Ackers dived over, with Sneyd’s conversion then breaking the record and making it 78-4.

In the 72nd minute, Kai Pearce-Paul bagged another try, before Ackers crossed again.

There was still time for Mike McMeeken to touch down and close out the game.

England 94

Tries: M. Lees (3), D. Young (13), D. Young (25), R. Hall (28), T. Burgess (33), D. Young (35), D. Young (37), G. Williams (40), T. Makinson (42), M. Sneyd (49), T. Burgess (53), R. Hall (59), J. Batchelor (63), A. Ackers (67), K. Pearce-Paul (73), A. Ackers (75), M. McMeeken (77)

Goals: M. Sneyd (4), M. Sneyd (27), M. Sneyd (34), M. Sneyd (36), M. Sneyd (39), M. Sneyd (40), M. Sneyd (43), M. Sneyd (50), M. Sneyd (55), M. Sneyd (60), M. Sneyd (68), M. Sneyd (76), M. Sneyd (77)

Greece 4

Tries: S. Taukamo (18)

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John Davidson
John is a freelance journalist who has been writing about rugby league for the past decade. He covered the 2013 and 2017 World Cups, has appeared on TV and radio, and been published in The I-Paper, The Guardian, The Sun, The Mirror, League Express, Inside Sport magazine and Big League. He writes regularly for Forty-20 magazine, League Weekly and co-hosts the podcasts By the Balls and Six To Go.