Well, no one expected that.
Well almost no one. It seems those in the England came were very confident that they could produce a strong win against Samoa today but even they couldn’t have predicted a 10-try demolition job and a near flawless performance all round.
What’s even better for England is the fact Shaun Wane believes England can get better than what they produced today and it’s an opinion shared by his players.
In today’s post-match press conference, Dom Young said “Yeah, 100% we can get better” whilst skipper Sam Tomkins revealed an interesting conversation between him and former Wigan teammate George Williams that bodes well for the host nation moving forward.
“I thought it was a very good performance,” Tomkins noted, “but as Shaun said, at the end clapping the fans, George Williams ran up to me and said to me ‘we can do this better, and this better.’
“We understand that we didn’t see the best Samoa team out there today but we did plenty of good things.
“I’m hoping the review will be positive but you never know as Shaun.”
England are now in pole position to top the group and gain a favourable quarter-final draw. This gives them time to refine their playing style and ensure they are ready for the knockouts when they challenges will inevitably get tougher.
But based off what Tomkins and Williams said to each other, the best is yet to come.