Last week, after England ploughed through Samoa, St Helens legend James Graham said that the Australians would be worried about England, but the Australian media’s response to England’s 42-18 win over France suggests that they aren’t – though this may be a good thing for Shaun Wane’s side.
There was hardly a peep across the Australian media despite the fact England are one of their main World Cup rivals and that there were some serious NRL stars involved in the game and shinning including try scorers Dom Young, Elliot Whitehead and Victor Radley.
In the end, Ben Jones-Bishop’s try for Jamaica, their first ever in the World Cup, has stolen the focus away from anything England did.
However, some news outlets have still had their say with the focus being on one Young man in particular.
That’s of course two-try hero Dom Young who stole the show with an intercept try.
On him Fox League said: “England flyer Dom Young has delivered another strong performance, scoring two tries including a 95-metre intercept effort as the hosts came away with a 42-18 victory.
“The 21-year-old winger now has four tries for the tournament as England look set to top their group and progress into the qualifying finals.
“Young ran for a staggering 247 metres on Sunday morning to go with two tackle breaks and his intercept try stunned commentators.”
Meanwhile, unsurprisingly the Newcastle star received praise from the Newcastle Herald who said Newcastle Herald: “Dominic Young, the Newcastle Knights winger who’s been dubbed an excitement machine by his new admirers in Britain, has raced to another try double in England’s emphatic Rugby League World Cup win over France.”
Meanwhile,Channel Nine did have their say on the game, but it was just a line on how England’s second half changed the game after a lukewarm first half.