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Sneyd: Greece will try and upset the party

25 Oct 22, 12:24PM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

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Marc Sneyd says Greece will be out to “give England a dig” when they clash in the World Cup and the hosts must combat their enthusiasm.

England knocked off France 42-18 in Bolton to go top of Group A.

They will now meet Greece in Sheffield, but Sneyd believes they have to be wary of the underdogs.

“Greece will be out there to give us a dig, I assume,” Sneyd said.

“They’ll be full of enthusiasm and they’ll try and upset the party. They’re obviously the underdogs going into the game, so sometimes being the underdog can help teams be more enthusiastic.

“We just have to not allow that to happen.”

The Salford halfback made his Test debut against France on Saturday and “loved every minute of it”.

“It was just incredible to be out there and get the job done, get the win,” he said.

“Obviously the performance weren’t as good as last week, but again you’re in a tournament and a win’s a win. You’re one step closer to that next level.

“I thought my first stint was alright. Shaun [Wane] said just be me, play me. It’s no secret that a big part of my game is my kicking and probably the organising and being that talking person on the field.

“Just do my best to stick to what I do best. It is a little bit [different to Super League], it was pretty quick out there if I’m honest.

“The hardest thing is trying to connect with brand-new players so quickly. That’s probably the thing that I found most difficult, but obviously with the more game-time I get, the more training with them the better I’ll get.

“We clicked more as the game went on. Obviously the more the game went it on it just got naturally slower. It was never going to be 100 miles an hour for 80 minutes.

“The slower the game the calmer everyone else was on the field. That second half was a way lot better than the first.”

Sneyd feels there is more improvement to come from England.

“There was probably a little bit of disappointment [in the dressing room] if I’m honest,” he said.

“We know we’re a lot better than that. But at the end of the day we’ve just put 42 points on a pretty decent France side, so we can’t be too upset.

“But we’ll still look back and be like we should have done this better, we should have done that better. So we move on to Greece.”

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