Wales Rugby League




27th October 2012, 17:08



By Gary Baker at The Glyndwr University Racecourse Ground




WALES head coach Iestyn Harris was left bitterly disappointed after the national team went down to a record defeat in their second Autumn International Series at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Ground in Wrexham.


England were just far too strong, particularly in the second-half for the Welsh side but at least it was not a whitewash.


Centre Christiaan Roets scored a try right on the half-time hooter which Matt Seamark converted excellently from the touchline.


But, by that time, Wales were already 26 points down with Ryan Hall, Josh Charnley,Kallum Watkins and two from Zak Hardaker scoring tries while Kevin Sinfield, after missing his initial two kicks at goal, was deadly accurate throughout the rest of the 80 minutes.


And, as Wales found the might of the Super League elite overpowering in the second-half, Hall again, Gareth Ellis, Rob Burrow, Jamie Jones Buchanan, two from Leroy Cudjoe and a second period hat-trick - taking his total to four - for Charnley left Wales battered and bruised.


The team did go over again, though, when Dan Flemming wriggled around and crossed under the sticks with Seamark adding another conversion.


But England just were far too powerful to leave Harris disappointed.


The Welsh coach said: "I thought we lacked physicality against them from the start. There was a bit of a realisation that we only have five or six full time professionals in there and a lot of guys are working.


"To get to that level of competition is difficult and six or seven of our full-time professionals have not been available to us this time.


"I don't want to hide behind that fact because those standards are not good enough for Wales Rugby League. Losing by 80 points is not good enough for any team but certainly not when they are putting the Welsh shirt on.


"The players are bitterly disappointed in there but we have 12 months (before the World Cup) to put it right. Twelve months to show that, if we haven't got the physicality that is required at that level, then there is that time to be able to do that.



"There is some baseline testing next week for the first time in Welsh rugby league's history and trying to give the lads an idea of where they need to be and what iimprovement they need to make.


"We have areas we know are problematic for us but I certainly didn't expect them to come out in such abundance this afternoon.


"I thought we looked dangerous with the ball in hand but we just lacked physicality and when we had opportunities, they just seemed to power us in the tackle and get the next play which is an issue for us in an area we need to improve in."