George Williams reveals what it was like watching the winning drop goal as he says pain will stay with him for years

Despite some brilliant performances from Warrington Wolves halfback George Williams, England crashed out of the Rugby League World Cup at the semi-final stage as they lost to Samoa in Golden Point thanks to a Stephen Crichton drop goal.

After the game former Wigan Warriors halfback Williams gave some insight into what it was like watching the winning drop goal sail between the sticks: “Pretty heartbreaking, watching that kick go over was like a nightmare really. If felt like it was going over forever to be honest, at least 10 seconds or so, it went that slow.

“I don’t think we played like we wanted to, we’re way better than that and what we’ve shown today.

“Credit to Samoa.”

When asked if his individual performances were any consolation he said: “Not really no, I’d rather win. It’s a tough one to take, some heart broken people in there. It’s some people’s first tournament and probably some people’s last.

“It’s been one of the best six weeks of my life, but we fell short which is the most disappointing thing.”

He also admitted that the pain will stay with him until the next World Cup: “Till the next World Cup probably. That will sit with us, especially me for three years. That’s the heartbreaking things. Some of us will never play in a World Cup again.”

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