Last week, Jon Wilkin was critical of the decision to name Victor Radley as the Man of the Match in England’s 60-6 win over Samoa.
He believed the halfbacks were the real stars of the show and that they deserved the Man of the Match ahead of the Sydney loose-forward.
That said, there could be no disputing the fact that Radley was at the heart of a terrific performance from England against Samoa as the glue of Shaun Wane’s brilliant England pack.
And yesterday during England’s second win of the tournament which came against France, Jon Wilkin was keen to praise England’s number 13.
He believes he has a specific ability which gives him the quality England need in the middle as a forward that’s able to move the ball around and create opportunities as he did yesterday for Luke Thompson’s try.
He then crossed for a try of his own.
That said, Wilkin also believes St Helens loose-forward Morgan Knowles, who has lost the 13 jumper to Radley, is also capable of this: “He’s a forward in charge of creating opportunities, moving the ball, nudging teams around and shifting defenders.
“He does it fantastically well. Both him and Morgan Knowles in this England team are capable of doing that.
“This man Victor Radley is a special player, Man of the Match last game against Samoa and has had some really telling contributions. Fantastic player.”