Leeds Rhinos legend says England missed opportunity as he slams golden point defeat

Yesterday saw the Rugby League World Cup conclude as Australia defeated Samoa at Old Trafford in front of 67,502.

Samoa were playing in their first ever World Cup Final as Australia claimed a third consecutive title.

For Shaun Wane and his England squad, it will have been a day where they were no doubt envious that they weren’t a part of the final.

For former England and Great Britain skipper and Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Peacock, it was a missed opportunity for Shaun Wane’s side.

He seemed to suggest that England might have had the beating of Australia in the final and questioned how England went from beating Samoa 60-6 in the opening game to losing to them in the semi-finals last week.

He said on BBC: “I think England’s men will be highly disappointed having watched that final and that Samoan side there.”

As he called for improvement, it was then that the former Leeds Rhinos man questioned what went wrong.

“We need to look at what we can improve and how we can create a better environment. How can you go from hammering a team 60-6 to then losing to them in golden point four weeks later?” he said.

England don’t have long to right the wrongs of this World Cup, with the next one taking place in France in 2025.

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