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England post sole Four Nations win

06/11/2010 07:08:48 PM Comments (0)

Harlequins centre Tony Clubb celebrated his debut with four tries as England beat Papua New Guinea 36-10 in their final match of the Four Nations rugby league tournament on Saturday in Auckland.

The 23-year-old Clubb proved to be the backbone of the England side as they secured their solitary win of the tournament.

In the first match of a double-header ahead of New Zealand playing Australia in the last pool match, England outscored PNG seven tries to two.

In addition to Clubb's four, Luke Robinson scored twice and Ben Harrison once with Ben Westwood kicking three goals and Gareth Widdop one.

While England were elated at finally securing a win, it was a disappointing tournament for PNG, who lost all three games, conceding 154 points while scoring only 22.

After a slow start, England put their foot down nearly a quarter of the way into the match when Robinson showed too much pace for the scrambling defence to score the opening try.

Clubb scored his first in a length-of-the-field move from the restart and added two more, and Robinson his second, before half-time as England led 24-0 at the turn.

After Harrison extended England's lead in the second half, PNG mounted a comeback with tries to Makali Aizue and Emmanuel Yere and a goal to Dion Aiye, but their charge ended when Clubb restored England's dominance with his fourth try.

New Zealand and Australia have already qualified as the two finalists of the tournament.

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