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Radley: “We had a good win but that’s it”

19 Oct 22, 11:50AM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

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Victory Radley has played down the significance of England’s huge World Cup win over Samoa and says it means nothing.

England started the tournament on fire with a massive 60-6 demolition of Samoa.

But Radley believes the scoreline and manner of the one-sided victory doesn’t send a message to the rest of the world.

“Nothing, nothing. It’s the same. For us, anyway,” the Roosters man said.

“We’re in the exact same position as we knew we were going to be in. It doesn’t really say anything about us.

“We had a good win but that’s it. We’re working hard on getting closer as a group and getting better every week.

“A win like that, I don’t think it really matters too much, if I tell you the truth. It’s just one game.”

Radley was named man of the match at St James’ Park and enjoyed the contest.

“It was really good,” he said.

“The score didn’t reflect the game as much; it was really, really tough and the first 25 minutes was as hard as it gets. It was really good to run away with it at the end.

“I wouldn’t read too much into that. They had some injuries and we were on top there so they’re not done.

“We’re happy with it and we’ll enjoy a beer and enjoy each other’s company, get closer again as a group and not get too far ahead of ourselves. There’s still five or six weeks to go.”

The PA system died in the stadium in Newcastle, delaying kick off on Saturday. But the lock says that didn’t affect his team.

“We weren’t too fussed,” he said.

“We had to warm-up early anyway and 20 minutes just turned into 30. We were just stretching and kicking back and we weren’t pumped, ready to go and they told us.

“We were kicking back anyway and they told us it’s going to be a bit of a delay but it was pretty smooth actually.”

England’s next World Cup encounter is against France in Bolton. Helping the French is a man Radley knows very well – Roosters head coach Trent Robinson.

The forward believes Robinson will have a few of his weaknesses ready to share with France.

“He’d have a few written down, I think!” Radley joked.

“But it’s same again. We’re together as a group for six weeks and we’re going to train hard, spend time together.

“This week we’re playing France and it’s another chance to really bond as a group, play good footy and do as well as we can. It’ll be the exact same every week.”

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