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Four Nations 2011: England 42-4 Wales - as it happened


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By Mike Henson
BBC Sport

1637: They have cleared out Leigh Sports Village and I'll take that cue to make my exit as well. However there is more mulling over the result on the BBC Red Button or at the top of this page if you just can't get enough. Hopefully see you back here next week for the Wembley showdown Wales v New Zealand is at 1300 GMT followed by England v Australia at 1530 GMT. Bye for now.

England coach Steve McNamara: "It was a really tough game and the players dealt with it well. To come away with a comfortable win in the end was pleasing. Our big blokes charged us forward and we were building some momentum and the players are happy in the changing room. We were looking at some different combinations in the end, especially with bringing Gareth Widdop on. We have the bit between our teeth with Australia coming up next week and it's all about winning now."

Wales coach Iestyn Harris: "England are a very good side and we knew it would be difficult, but I'm really, really proud of my players. Mentally and physically they stood up in defence but when you give teams like theirs, with Sinfield and Tomkins, space and time then eventually you are going to crack."

1624: Attention turn south to Wembley, next Saturday 5 November and a double-header of north against south hemisphere sides. Have Wales got enough to upset the Kiwis or, perhaps a little more likely, do England have the weapons to give Australia pause for thought?

80 mins: Eng 42-4 Wal Wales are piling forward in search of a second try as the hooter sounds, but England's Gareth Ellis pilfers the interception and feeds Widdop who wins the race to the line to close out the game. Sinfield pops over the conversion with the last kick of the game.

Full time



79 min: Eng 36-4 Wal So close to another score for England as Rangi Chase is judged by the video official to have knocked on attempting to ground a loose ball .

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77 min: Eng 36-4 Wal Simple stuff from England as they unlock the Wales defence from halfway. Chase flicks a pass behind the back of a dummy runner, Gareth Widdop strides through a gaping hole in the Wales backline before slowing and popping it back inside for Heighington to saunter over. Sinfield piles on another two.



73 min: Eng 30-4 Wal A touch from the outside of Sinfield's boot puts the ball into the corner, but Kirk Yeaman would need a jet pack to get to it before it dribbles over the whitewash.

69 min: Eng 30-4 Wal More pressure from England, but the Welsh defence is resolute.

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65 min: Eng 30-4 Wal A lovely score from Wales, showing more cutting edge than they have yet in the match. A pair of dummy runners thunders through to create space on the outside as Briers and then Aled James send the winging out to Bradford's Elliot Kear to dive in. Briers is off target with a conversion attempt that dies well short.


Robbie Hunter-Paul on BBC One: "I'm really impressed with the England front row, the one place I would be critical is in their defence."

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60 min: Eng 30-0 Wal The Welsh defence is tiring and they won't thank Briers for piling irresistable pressure on them there. The Warrington man fluffs a drop-out from under his own posts and England immediately capitalise as Sinfield feeds Tomkins to go over after James Graham opts to pop rather than burrow for the line himself. Sinfield pops over the conversion.



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56 min: Eng 24-0 Wal England's attack rolls ominously downfield and a wave of runners fixes the Wales defence as Ben Westwood heads off on a looping run. Reed hits his colleague's shoulder ball flat and fast and a trio of red shirts can't keep him out.


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53 min: Eng 20-0 Wal That's the hat-trick for Tomkins. James Graham pops the ball to Gareth Ellis around halfway. The Wests Tigers man's angled run takes him through some flaky tackling from Roets and Tomkins is in support to scamper over under the sticks. The conversion is as simple as they come from Sinfield.



47 min: Eng 14-0 Wal Gareth Ellis is almost through but the Wales defence cling on to slow him up and regroup. England spread the ball wide and Sinfield nudges through a grubber that has a smidge too much pace on it for Ryan Hall.

44 min: Eng 14-0 Wal Another set of six for England ends with Chase's low kick ricocheting off the shins of Briers and Wales have some breathing space.

43 min: Eng 14-0 Wal England bash up through their first five tackles before Chase stubs a little kick through. His team-mates' chase is good as Kear drops on it and Wales have the length of the field in front of them.

42 min: Eng 14-0 Wal Some big early hits from England as they impose themselves on a Wales side attempting to run out from their own 20m line.

40 min: Eng 14-0 Wal Briers finally gets a tee brought on from the sidelines after some desparate waving and gets the second half going.

Matthew Cuss on Twitter: "A much better first half than feared, next try crucial, Wales cut out the errors there could be a real shock on the cards "

Queenslander on Twitter: "Poor England are gonna need to be more clinical to match the Kangaroos."

Former Bradford Bulls scrum-half Robbie Hunter-Paul on BBC One: "The Wales players are playing with a lot of pride and enjoying themselves. England have done a good job in being patient and taking their chances."

1522: After a flurry of early tries, the match got bogged down in a series of mistakes in the last ten minutes. Kopczak's charge was as close as Wales have got, and they have not made the most of some good positions where they had the hosts penned in.

Paul Boothman on Twitter: "Jack Reed looks like the best centre England have had since Senior and Gleeson were at their best about 5 years ago"

Half time

39 min: Eng 14-0 Wal Tomkins leads a break from deep, darting and dummying before flicking a pass to Hall on the charge. The winger breaks the first tackle but knocks on as the cover descends. Groans from the stands.

37 min: Eng 14-0 Wal Briers sends one up into the corner via the stratosphere as Wales run through their set of six. Ryan Hall does well to take it clean ahead of Welsh hands.

34 min: Eng 14-0 Wal Chase pokes through a teaser of a grubber, Kears slides in to gather but is forced back over his own line by a pair of Englishman.

Michael Winstanley on Twitter: "England are making it look very very easy! #walkover #BBCRL"

31 min: Eng 14-0 Wal A rash of mistakes as Wales cough up possession before Sinfield loses track of a regulation pass. It bobbles from palm to palm before dribbling forward.

29 min: Eng 14-0 Wal Morley spills the ball forward to give Wales head and feed just short of the halfway line.

27 min: Eng 14-0 Wal Wales are failing to make the most of some prime bits of real estate. The ball floats over Kears' head and into touch as they squander possession before the sixth tackle once again.

25 min: Eng 14-0 Wal Gareth Ellis is pinged by the referee as he swats the ball illegally from a Welsh attacker's grasp. Briers rifles the penalty into touch to give his side a good position.

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22 min: Eng 14-0 Wal Chase is really pulling the strings from dummy-half, feinting a couple of passes before feeding Sinfield down the left wing. The Welsh defence is stretched painfully thin and Yeaman bursts through for the third try. Sinfield wafts the conversion wide.


20 min: Eng 10-0 Wal Jamie Peacock spills off the kick-off, but Wales can't capitalise for their set of six. Adrian Morley comes on for James Graham for England.

17 min: Eng 10-0 Wal You can't really boo a man after a start like this. The Leigh crowd are off their seats as Tomkins, takes Sinfield's pass, throws a dummy and slithers over for his 9th try in 10 Tests. Sinfield slots the extras from a fiddily little angle.



13 min: Eng 4-0 Wal Kopczak, impressive since coming on, smashes through Graham to set up another promising position for Wales. Briers chips wide for his winger, but England's defence immediately mobs him to put in the sixth and secure a turnover.

10 min: Eng 4-0 Wal England press forward but Wales intercept and Briers opts to chip ahead rather than hoisting one skywards on the last tackle. Roby scrabbles across and cleans up for England.

8 min: Eng 4-0 Wal Kopczak is within inches as Westwood does just enough to tie him up with a great tackle. A knock-on follows on the next tackle and England will be relieved to have escaped there.

7 min: Eng 4-0 Wal Briers thumps a kick long downfield, Tomkins is chasing desparately, but the ball beats him into touch to earn a 40-20. Big chance from Wales with a set of six and 10 metres to go.

5 min: Eng 4-0 Wal Briers hangs up a steepler of an up-and-under but Tomkins is solid under pressure from the on-rushing Welsh chase and England have a set of six to advance from 30m in front of their line.

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1 min: Eng 4-0 Wal Sweet as a nut. Rangi Chase with a lovely delayed pass round the back of Gareth Ellis. Lee Briers is held up as he covers the dummy run, Sam Tomkins spies the gap and slides over. Impeccable start by England.


1 min: Eng 0-0 Wal Straight off the kick-off and Ben Westwood plants a shoulder square in Jordan James' rib cage. The Welshman is badly wobbled and is supported by two backroom staff as he heads off for the smelling salts. Kopczak on in his place.

1430: Slate grey skys and spots of rain as the England team belt out the national anthem. Couldn't see if their mascot was doing the same, but a eight-foot novelty knight plastered with the flag of St George looks like the sort of guy who would. England's Kevin Sinfield to kick off...

England coach Steve McNamara: "We've got some fantastic young players coming through but as the coach I have the responsibility of picking the best players available to me and that is what I have done."

1425: England are darting between the cones, stretching off the last of the muscles while Wales bubble up in the changing room. Five till kick-off, time for the full starting 13s.
England: Tomkins, Hall, Reed, Yeaman, Briscoe, Sinfield, Chase, Graham, Roby, Peacock, Ellis, Westwood, Heighington.
Wales: Jones, Kear, Webster, Roets, R. Williams, Briers, Seamark, J. James, Budworth, Dudson, Frizell, Bracek, Flower.

Jamie Barwick on Twitter: "Expecting a comfortable England win but Wales to hold their own in the first 15 minutes #BBCRL."

1422: The midfield battle today is going to have a bit of an Aussie twang to it today. Brisbane Broncos' Jack Reed, born in West Yorkshire raised Down Under, is playing his second match in the white of England opposite Cronulla Sharks' Tyson Frizzel, who spent his formative years in Australia but whose dad is a Welshman. Bonza.

Brian Noble
Former Great Britain coach Brian Noble on BBC One: "Wales have such a hill to climb against England, I'd say it was like a Super League club playing against a Championship one."

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1413: I want your texts and Tweets hitting me harder than a Big Willie Mason shoulder today. 81111 for the former, hashtag BBCRL for the later. I'm braced.

1409: The Leigh Sports Village is filling up slowly. It will be interesting to see the reaction that the crowd gives Wigan's Sam Tomkins who copped a fair of stick playing against the Exiles in Leeds in June.

1406: A quick manual refresh should put video coverage of the BBC One build-up from Leigh front and centre for you.

1403: In 66 meetings with England, Wales have tasted victory 16 times including winning the teams' very first meeting, 35-18, in Tonypandy back on 11 January 1908. If you are struggling to recall that match, England's less-than-convincing win over France in their only warm-up match will waft the scent of an upset into the nostrils of Lee Briars and his boys.

1356: Iestyn Harris's side are 100-1 outsiders for the tournament. The abrupt retirement of Gareth Thomas and the loss of Crusaders from Super League have not done anything for their chances, but Wales will draw hope from both recent and slightly more ancient history.

1355: Afternoon all, good to see you. After Australia got the Four Nations under way with an authoritative win over Tasman neighbours New Zealand last night, it is time for 2013 World Cup co-hosts England and Wales to set about the latest chapter of their own historical rivalry in Leigh. Kick-off is at 1430 BST.

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