Rugby League World Cup: Ryan Hall delighted with hat-trick in England's win over Ireland

Last Updated: 03/11/13 7:24am

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Record-breaker Ryan Hall hailed his team-mates after England registered their first win of the Rugby League World Cup campaign in Huddersfield.

The winger scored a hat-trick of tries in the 42-0 Group A victory over Ireland to become England's all-time leading try-scorer.

The Leeds player touched down three times in 20 minutes before half-time to take his tally to 17 tries in as many matches and overtake Sam Tomkins at the top of the list.

However, man of the match Hall, said: "I've scored a lot of tries but wouldn't have got any if it wasn't for my team-mates."

Selection

"I've scored a lot of tries but wouldn't have got any if it wasn't for my team-mates."
Ryan Hall

Fellow winger Tom Briscoe, who was recalled in place of Josh Charnley, seized his opportunity by scoring two tries.

He was delighted to give coach Steve McNamara a selection headache, adding: "This was my chance to stake a claim for the spot.

"I wanted to make it hard for him (McNamara) and hopefully I've done enough to keep a spot for next week. I had to go out there and give it my best.

"Setting up tries and scoring them helps the team and thankfully we got a good win today."

Kallum Watkins, Rangi Chase and Brett Ferres also touched down, to the delight of a sell-out crowd of 24,375 - and Chase said: "It was a special moment for me.

"I got the ball a lot in my hands to set up a couple of tries and get some momentum. I'm getting there steadily, I feel like I'm improving.

"At Castleford I was the 'go to' man but I can play more of a structured role here. We fell short last week (against Australia) so it was good to keep them to zero today."

McNamara himself said: "Overall I'm pretty pleased. We hit a real purple patch in the first half when we played with some great shape and executed some nice stuff.

"To nil any team, particularly at international level is a credit to the players.

"We weren't as fluent in the second half when the conditions were worse but we showed a bit of grit to keep them out and it bodes well."

Education

Ireland coach Mark Aston admitted his team had been outclassed.

He said: "We got a bit of an education in how to play a game of rugby league but I was immensely proud of the boys in the second half.

"We've got something to build on, we'll dust ourselves down because we've got another challenge next week against Australia."

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