Steve McNamara encouraged by England win over the Exiles

Last updated: 15th June 2013  

Steve McNamara encouraged by England win over the Exiles

England: Celebrating their 30-10 win over the Exiles in Warrington

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England coach Steve McNamara was pleased with his side's performance in the 30-10 victory over the Exiles in the International Origin match.

Leroy Cudjoe scored two tries and Zak Hardaker, James Roby and Sam Tomkins also crossed in a dominant display in the World Cup warm-up match at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

McNamara said: "We were very happy. We were a little bit slow out of the blocks in the first five minutes but we gradually got ourselves into the game.

"We turned it up in the second 20 minutes of the first half and came up with some nice tries and nice plays.

"It was good to get on the field. We have spent a lot of time talking about how good it is to spend time with each other in camp, but there is nothing better than being on the field.

"The second half was frustrating - we didn't click as we did in the first half - but looking forward it's going to be a great lesson for that group.

"We learnt a couple of lessons that hopefully will give us a better opportunity of being successful in October-November."

Loose

Yet despite the victory, Exiles coach Brian McClennan believes England will need to improve if they are to win the World Cup.

Asked if he was impressed by McNamara's side, the former New Zealand boss said: "Not particularly. It was a pretty loose game in general.

"I don't think the game was all that fast. I thought it was pretty slow.

"They'll have to watch out. You're not supposed to leave the defensive line until the dummy half touches the ball.

"You normally get penalised for that and it might pay to watch out for that in the World Cup."The Exiles - who had trailed 24-0 at the interval - did not get on the scoreboard until Mickey Paea and Joel Monaghan touched down in space of four second-half minutes.

McClennan added: "I don't think we ever really came to the party in the first half, insofar as getting control of the ruck area.

"We got pretty well beaten up there and 24-0 at half-time, that became a bridge too far for us.

"But it was a very good response. We talked about getting tighter in the tackles, getting on the ground. If we had done that from the start we might have got into the hunt a bit better. We could have gone a lot closer."

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