Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup: England set up final meeting with holders France

England (70) 125
Try: Bechara 4, Coyd 4, Hawkins 2, Brown 8, King, Collins, Roberts, Simpson Goals: Hawkins 7, Collins 10, Roberts Drop: Robert
Wales (6) 22
Try: Triggs-Turner, Preece, Williams, Caron Goals: Precece, Higgins 2

England staged a Wheelchair Rugby World Cup final showdown against holders France on Friday in Manchester with a huge win over Wales.

Jack Brown came off the bench and finished with eight tries as Tom Coyd’s side dominated from start to finish.

This is the third tournament in a row that the teams have met in the final, with France winning both.

Earlier, Jeremy Bourson scored five tries as the world number one team beat Australia 84-40.

England had faced the Welsh at the previous two World Cups in 2013 and 2017, winning both games comfortably and also losing 102-22 winners in June 2021.

And the tone was set from the start when England-born but France-based Seb Bechara, one of those who featured in the 2017 tournament, used his power and speed to find early gaps in the Welsh defense for a seven-minute hat trick. .

Joe Coyd, who entered the game as his team’s top try scorer, found his touch before Scott Trigg-Turner put the Welsh on the scoreboard, but Coyd responded by quickly passing twice more and completing his hat trick.

Things were already looking bleak for the Welsh and it got worse when coach Coyd brought Brown and Wayne Collins off the bench midway through half-time and the two immediately stampeded their authority on the game.

Brown, one of two England players, along with Adam Rigby, who was part of the 2008 winning side, showed his class with the Welsh defense unable to get near him and he ran to complete his hat-trick before the half time.

Rob Hawkins, Lewis King, Nathan Collins and James Simpson added to the try tally as Bechara, Coyd and Brown were all rested for the final stages of the second half game.

Alan Preece of Wales was sinned late in the game leaving his side with four players on the pitch and Hawkins had the last laugh with his second try as England turned to decider of Friday.

Earlier, Bourson netted a 17-minute hat-trick while Mostefa Abassi added four for the French.

Hopes were high that Australia’s Wheelaroos could challenge the French, who had scored 350 points in their three pool games, but they got off to the worst possible start with Florian Guttadoro scoring after 35 seconds and Lionel Alazard converting.

Although Brad Grove reacted quickly to make it 6-4, France, led by Bourson, quickly took control.

They continued to rack up points in the opening 40 minutes and punished mistakes made by the Australians en route to a 54-10 half-time lead.

Australia, who lost 38-8 to England in their opener, tried to make life difficult for the world number one team, and a better second-half performance made the scoreline more respectable full time.

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