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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 November, 2004, 16:11 GMT
England ease to Nations Cup win
Huddersfield's Paul Reilly
England: (24) 36
Tries: Reilly (2), Burrow, Calderwood, Parker, Scruton
Goals: Burrow (6)
Ireland: (0 ) 12
Tries: McDermott, Bates
Goals: Weisner (2)
Paul Reilly produced a man-of-the-match display as his two tries helped England to a 36-12 win over Ireland in the Nations Cup Final at Warrington.

Rob Burrow claimed a try and six goals as the hot favourites secured an easy win, but only after a Irish revival.

Reilly's two scores helped England to a 24-0 lead after just 24 minutes and the signs were not good for Ireland.

But Barrie McDermott and David Bates scored second half tries to give the scoreline a more respectable look.

Reilly claimed his two tries in the opening 17 minutes, and things looked ominous for Ireland when Burrow sprinted 50 metres to add a third, before Mark Calderwood went over for a fourth first half score.

But Ireland stemmed the tide to prevent England running riot, and after the break managed two scores of their own.

McDermott brushed off Andy Coley's weak challenge to score the first, before Pat Weisner's short pass put Bates over for a second Irish try.

Weisner converted both tries, but further English scores by skipper Rob Parker and substitute prop Nick Scruton ensured a comfortable winning margin.

France 4-42 England
30 Oct 04 |  International
Ireland 43-10 Scotland
29 Oct 04 |  International

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