Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
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England posted four first half tries which were unanswered by the Exiles as they held at 24-0 lead at the break. Zak Hardaker claimed first points for England thanks to a pin-point grubber kick from Sam Tomkins. He guided the ball between the Exiles' defence and landed it in goal.
Huddersfield Giants' outside back Leroy Cudjoe came up with a great one-on-one tackle on Brett Hodgson to force a mistake. James Roby cleaned up the loose carry to bolt the length of the field to extend the lead over the Exiles, England 12-0.
The Exiles struggled in the first half as their poor defensive reads made them easy pickings for England. They created an overlap on the open side which saw Leroy Cudjoe sprint downfield, he dummied and darted over for his own four-pointer.
The final points of the half came as Sam Tomkins broke the line to race 50 metres untouched to score England's fourth try. After 40 minutes, England ahead 24-0.
The Exiles crafted somewhat of a second half fight back with two tries in six minutes. Their first points came through Mickey Paea who charged through five English defenders to barge his way over the whitewash. England lead 24-6 after 55 minutes.
Brett Hodgson created the foundation for the Exiles' second try as he rocketed a cut out pass to Steve Menzies who managed to pop an offload for Joel Monaghan to dive in the corner.
Leroy Cudjoe sealed the victory for England as he raced away for their own second half four-pointer. A simple try from an intercept pass secured the win.
England 30 Exiles 10
Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium
Halftime Score: England 24-0
England: 1. Sam Tomkins, 2. Josh Charnley, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Zak Hardaker, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Kevin Sinfield, 7. Richie Myler, 8. Lee Mossop, 9. James Roby, 10. Chris Hill, 11. Liam Farrell, 12. Gareth Ellis, 13. Jamie Jones-Buchanan
Interchange: 14. Rangi Chase, 15. Eorl Crabtree, 16. Ben Westwood, 17. Brett Ferres
Exiles: 1. Brett Hodgson, 2. Joel Monaghan, 3. Steve Menzies, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Pat Richards, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Michael Dobson, 8. Kylie Leuluai, 9. Heath L'Estrange, 10. Tony Puletua, 11. Sia Soliola, 12. Trent Waterhouse, 13. Harrison Hansen
Interchange: 14. Lance Hohaia, 15. Mickey Paea, 16. Zeb Taia, 17. Chris Bailey