England Wheelchair book World Cup Final spot

Picture by Will Palmer/SWpix.com - 03/11/2022 - Rugby League - Rugby League World Cup 2021 - England v Australia - Wheelchair - Copper Box Arena, London, England - Tom Halliwell (C) of England acknowledges the crowd after his sides victory over Australia

Leeds Rhinos stars Nathan Collins and James Simpson both scored twice as England booked a return to the Rugby League Wheelchair World Cup Final as England won 125-22 against Wales in Sheffield to set up a huge clash with holders France on Friday, live on BBC Two.

Jack Brown reached a remarkable World Cup half-century as his eight tries booked England a spot in the World Cup final with a 125-22 victory over Wales.

The leading try-scorer in the competition’s history took his tally to 52 and equalled the record for the most tries scored by an individual in a World Cup match as the hosts booked their spot in Friday’s final against France.

Sebastien Bechara and Joe Coyd scored four apiece while Wales kept battling until the end and crossed four times themselves in a Sheffield try-fest.

England flew out the traps in the steel city and Bechara had his treble wrapped up inside seven minutes.

Coyd quickly followed his teammate and dotted down three times but not without Welsh resistance, Scott Trigg-Turner and Gary Preece capitalising on a rare error by the home team and Trigg-Turner slipping past the England defence for their only points of the first half.

England quickly closed ranks with a bombardment of tries before the break as Brown roared into action.  His scores either side of a Hawkins try, along with Bechara’s fourth, took England into a convincing 70-6 lead at the break.

Brown started the second half as he had finished the first, storming 10 metres down the court and dotting down with ease before Coyd collected his fourth.<

Wales hit back with tries of their own either side of a Nathan Collins score as Gary Preece found his way through for their second try of the match, successfully converting his own effort.

Wales skipper Stuart Williams was next to power over the line but there was no stopping Brown, who was soon charging down the court again for his seventh and eighth of the game.

Alan Caron dotted down for Wales but with Preece sent for a sin bin with just five minutes to go, there was still time for Declan Roberts, James Simpson and Hawkins to cross for England and wrap up the victory.