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Shaun Wane downplays England’s 60-6 win as he has his say on Samoa

It would be easy to get carried away after England’s 60-6 win over Samoa which has been described by same as the best performance from an England/Great Britain side since GB beat Australia away in 2006.

However, Shaun Wane is not getting carried away as he accepts his side put in an “outstanding” performance against Samoa but was very fair in his assessment of Matt Parish’s team describing them as “underdone” and “not really firing.”

This, as well as what he believes is the English way, is why his players won’t be patting themselves on the back.

“One thing we will not do is get carried away,” Wane said, “We beat a Samoan team that was underdone. That did not play well at all, they can play much better than that but I thought we were outstanding.

“We’re not that type of a people the English where we go round patting each other on the back. We celebrated the win but it is has been all about improvement.

“I know where we’re at. We beat a Samoan team that wasn’t really firing, we beat them well and did some good things in a pressure game but we won’t be walking round saying ‘well done, job done.’”

Whether this is just management of the narrative around England or his true beliefs is unclear but England will have to try and improve on that performance if they are to lift the World Cup in a month’s time.

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