The pass was a sign of England's positivity and willingness to take chances, though, and that ambition was soon rewarded with Tomkins again the man to benefit.
England gained possession after Kopzcak conceded a penalty, Burgess offloaded to Scott Moore whose reverse pass found Tomkins, and the Wigan youngster sidestepped his way through the Wales defence.
McCarthy-Scarsbrook's physical presence earned him a try under the posts shortly after he came on, as for all Wales's attacking ambition - Anthony Blackwood and Jordan James being particularly involved - they struggled to contain England in defence.
Most of those Welsh attacking ambitions involved Kopczak at some point and once he limped off with a medial ligament injury, they were a seriously depleted side.
England promptly took advantage of that weakness with their fourth try.
With two tries to his name already, Tomkins turned provider, his deftly-placed grubber kick being scooped up by Burgess to touch down.
Having taken the lead in the first half, Wales then caught England napping by doing the same in the second period.
Veteran Watson took a quick tap as England were caught offside and darted over the line while they were still lining up to defend the penalty.
Briscoe went over in the corner to restore England's advantage and O'Loughlin stretched the lead when he touched down after another good kick through by Tomkins.
England captain Morley then got on the score sheet, bulldozing over under the posts, with the most notable thing about the try being the involvement of Burgess in the build-up, after he had earlier seemed to suffer a knee injury.
As time began to run out, so did Wales's energy.
Myler set up Briscoe to dance over for his second try and Tomkins went over in the corner to seal a man-of-the-match performance.
Wales: Kear, R. Williams, Griffiths, Blackwood, White, Bateman, Webster, J. James, Budworth, Dudson, Kopczak, Flower, Davies. Replacements: Watson, L. Williams, Divorty, Barron.
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