A late try from George Carmont handed victory to the Exiles against a stubborn England in the first International Origin match. The Exiles the superior side throughout looked as if they would lose out when Joel Tomkins’ 68th-minute interception try put England ahead for the first time, the Exiles having led 6-10 at the break. However, Exiles piled forward in reponse and it seemed England’s defence might withstand as Brett Hodgson was held up. But on the final play, Carmont cut inside the cover to wrap up the win.
The Exiles had looked the sharper of the two attacks throughout and tries from Francis Meli and Willie Manu had outweighed Richie Myler’s effort before a breathless last quarter. Any doubts that the invitational side, made up of the best of the overseas talent in Super League, would treat the encounter as less than a full Test were vanquished with big early hits from Thomas Leuluai and Craig Fitzgibbon.
Tries : Myler, J.Tomkins
Goal: Sinfield 2
Tries : Manu, Meli, Carmont
Goal: Richards 2
England: S Tomkins (Wigan); Briscoe (Hull FC), Bridge (Warrington), Shenton (St Helens), Hall (Leeds); Sinfield (Leeds), Myler (Warrington); Peacock (Leeds), Robinson Huddersfield), Graham (St Helens), Wilkin (St Helens), Westwood (Warrington), O’Loughlin (Wigan).
Replacements: McIlorum (Wigan), Morley (Warrington), Carvell (Warrington), J Tomkins (Wigan).
Exiles: Hodgson (Warrington); Richards (Wigan), Carmont (Wigan), Soliola (St Helens), Meli (St Helens); Chase (Castleford), T Leuluai (Wigan); Puletua (St Helens), Buderus (Leeds), O’Meley (Hull FC), Anderson (Warrington), Manu (Hull FC), Fitzgibbon (Hull FC).
Replacements: Faiumu (Huddersfield), K Leuluai (Leeds), Fa’alogo (Huddersfield), Morrison (Wakefield).
Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury).