TWITTER TALK: Fans react to England losing to Australia

England lost 18-4 to Australia in the opening fixture of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup on Friday and fans have had plenty to say on social media.

Huddersfield Giants star Jermaine McGillvary put England into a 4-0 lead early on before Matt Gillett edged Australia into a 6-4 advantage on the half hour mark.

Billy Slater then scored another for the Kangaroos which saw them 10-4 to the good when going into the changing rooms.

The Three Lions looked on top for the majority of the second half but a penalty saw Australia opt for the two in the 75th minute.

Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith added the penalty goal to give his side an eight-point lead before Josh Dugan collected a kick and ran 80 metres to score with a minute left on the clock as Australia ran-out 18-4 winners in the opening match of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in front of 22,724 spectators.


Australia: 1. Billy Slater, 2. Dane Gagai, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Josh Dugan, 5. Valentine Holmes, 6. Michael Morgan, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Cameron Smith (C), 10. David Klemmer, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Matt Gillett, 13. Jake Trbojevic.

Interchange: 14. Wade Graham, 15. Jordan McLean, 16. Josh McGuire, 17. Tyson Frizell.

England: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. John Bateman, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Gareth Widdop, 7. Luke Gale, 8. Chris Hill, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. James Graham, 11. Sam Burgess, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Sean O’Loughlin (C).

Interchange: 15. Chris Heighington, 16. Tom Burgess, 17. James Roby, 18. Ben Currie.

Australia are the favourites to lift the trophy in five weeks times but many are expecting big things from Wayne Bennett’s England outfit in the tournament.

But the score was only 10-4 to Australia for a large part of the game and Bennett admitted that he was pleased with the overall performance of his side.

And here is how you reacted to the result on Twitter:

What do you make of the England performance and end result? Let us know in the comments below.


  1. England need to put ratchord at full back,percival in the centres and williams at half back as they are a bigger attacking threat and that’s what you need to bear the Aussies

  2. England were lucky to be only 10-4 down at half time but they improved in the second half .They looked better when Roby came on the backs were good especially Magillvery

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