Five star Tommy Makinson the hero as England beat Papua New Guinea to reach final four

Tommy Makinson took the podium with a five-try haul as England destroyed Papua New Guinea to advance to the World Cup semi-finals, where they will face Samoa or Tonga in the Emirates next Saturday.

Watched by The Princess of Wales, who attended her first game since succeeding the Duke of Sussex as patron of the Rugby Football League, Shaun Wane’s men ran to a 38-0 interval lead with seven tries.

Makinson, a Wiganer who plays for series title winners St. Helens, claimed a hat-trick in the first half and added his score with two scores in the second half, while also competing in five conversions to claim a total personal point total of 30 .

Last week it was Dom Young who scored four tries in the battle over Greece, but after three comprehensive group stage wins, Papua New Guinea had to give England a serious test.

Still, Wane’s team was so dominant during the first half hour that you half suspected they would be close to the 94 points they had scored against the Greeks seven days earlier.

But as it was, England failed to advance in the second half and Makinson had two more scores to show for their efforts in front of a 23,179 people bumper.

England soon led when, after Herbie Farnworth was refused from close range, Michael McIlorum’s quick pass found Tom Burgess and he crashed over the line.

England started moving through the gears in a devastating fashion and captain Sam Tomkins, who cleverly supported the attack from fullback, kicked behind the Papuan defense and Makinson was on hand to score into the left corner.

England’s third attempt arrived in the first 15 minutes as the Kumuls failed to cope with a high kick and neat handling saw the ball work out at Young, who sauntered to the right corner.

Former Wigan player George Williams, who looked rejuvenated at the World Cup after a disappointing club-level season with Warrington, sent a high, hanging kick to the left corner and Makinson showed extraordinary strength and agility to defeat two opposing defenders to collect possession and touch down.


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