Scores machine Tommy Makinson insists England shouldn’t get carried away after their impressive start at the Rugby League World Cup.
The opening game could hardly have gone better for Shaun Wane’s men when they played at Newcastle St.
With more group games ahead against France and minnows Greece, the win practically secures England a place in the knockout stages and if they were able to take first place they would most likely face another dangerous Pacific in the quarters Island nation, Tonga, dodge final.
The margin of victory surprised even the England players but Makinson, who contributed 24 points with 10 goals and one of his side’s 10 tries, insists they will remain grounded.
“You never expect a result like that,” he said. “Obviously Samoa had a few things against them. They are a great team and they need time to get together so we won’t get carried away. We are satisfied, but we will not jump ahead too far.
“We played pretty well but we know there are bigger games ahead of us. That’s one thing covered, now let’s move on to the next. We have France next week and the worst thing we can do now is crow and underestimate the teams we play against.
“It’s definitely a good feeling and what a game! But there are so many great teams in this tournament and we will see Samoa again. Every game is different, we could play Samoa again tomorrow and it could be very different, we know they are better.”
Makinson, who rested for the warm-up game against Fiji after playing for St Helens in the Grand Final, cemented his place as one of the world’s top wingers, while Dom Young on the other hand cemented his pick over veteran Ryan Hall with another blockbuster -Performance justified on its test debut.
Hall, England’s record tryscorer, is recalled against France in Bolton on Saturday, with Wane pledging to play all seven men who missed selection for the opening game but Makinson hopes he retains his place.
“It’s an England Test so I’d rather not miss it, but he’s the coach,” Makinson said. “Dom Young played great today and I thought I had a good game whatever happens.”
Loose striker Victor Radley, one of six NRL players in England, was named man of the match on his debut but Wane believes there were better candidates and suggested one of George Williams, Kallum Watkins, Sam Tomkins and Jack Welsby would have been more worthy winners.
“There were other players who were very good,” Wane said. “He can undoubtedly do a lot better and he won’t mind if I say so. He can play much better.”
Watkins, who has played back row for his Salford club all season, made the most yards on his return at center with 202 and scored 20 tackles, while Williams had the highest performance of any player on the field with 22 carries .
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-league/samoa-england-sam-tomkins-shaun-wane-kallum-watkins-b2203740.html Tommy Makinson refuses to get carried away after England beat Samoa