England: 66
Ireland: 0

  • Seb Bechara (3),
  • Joe Coyd (6),
  • Tom Halliwell (9),
  • James Simpson (12),
  • Seb Bechara (15),
  • Joe Coyd (17),
  • James Simpson (20),
  • Tom Halliwell (24),
  • Joe Coyd (28),
  • Jack Brown (32),
  • Nathan Collins (35),
  • Jack Brown (38),
  • Jack Brown (46),
  • Nathan Collins (54),
  • Nathan Collins (59),
  • Lewis King (62),
  • Adam Rigby (65),
  • Adam Rigby (71),
  • James Simpson (75),
  • Joe Coyd (78),
  • James Simpson (80)

  • Joe Coyd (4/7),
  • Nathan Collins (8/8),
  • Declan Roberts (6/6)

Drop goals
  • Declan Roberts

  • Tom Halliwell,
  • Joe Coyd,
  • Seb Bechara,
  • James Simpson,
  • Lewis King,
  • Wayne Boardman,
  • Nathan Collins,
  • Adam Rigby,
  • Declan Roberts,
  • Jack Brown
  • Toby Burton-Carter,
  • Peter Johnston,
  • Tom Martin,
  • Phil Roberts,
  • James McCarthy,
  • Oran Spain,
  • Paddy Forbes,
  • Scott Robertson,
  • Rick Rodgers,
  • Stephen Campbell

Match report

Son may have beaten father as England triumphed 121-0 over Ireland but Declan Roberts insists the result is about far more than him and his dad Phil.

The younger Roberts came on for England in the second half as they put the Wolfhounds to the sword in a clinical performance but came up against Irish resistance for the full 80 minutes.

Declan and Phil battled it out for the ball in the build-up to Lewis King’s try, one of 21 scored by England in front of another world record crowd of 3,847 at the Copper Box Arena.

“It’s starting to sink in how much this means,” Declan said. “It is not about me and him, it is not about our family.

“It is just about the fact that someone can start playing wheelchair rugby league because it is a way to play rugby league with their disabled father.

“And the two of them cannot just play together but they can get to this level and play in a World Cup it is unbelievable.”

England had a lightning-fast start, scoring five times in 14 minutes, with Joe Coyd becoming the first of four England players to score a hat-trick.

The hosts enjoyed 89 percent possession in the first half, as Ireland struggled to complete their sets.

Jack Brown, Nathan Collins and James Simpson all completed their hat-tricks in the second half to make sure of England’s place as the top qualifier from Group A, with a semi against USA, Wales or Scotland ahead.

And while the Roberts' were on opposing sides, Coyd is coached by his older brother Tom, who admitted his brother was a worthy winner of the Player of the Match award.

Tom Coyd said: “I thought he deserved it. Joe's played well in all three games so far and it was great to see him get the recognition.  

“He's probably been our best in terms of sticking to the game plan, I thought they were all good at it today.

“But the first two games there were a few of us who strayed away from it but Joe's been right on task the whole time, so he deserved it today.” 

With Ireland already out of the competition, Phil Roberts – who qualifies for Ireland through his grandparents – will now join the rest of the family in cheering on England, who he believes can win the World Cup.

England must await the result of the final Group B games tomorrow to learn who they will be facing at the EIS on Sunday.

He said: “I think they have got to be the favourites. in terms of the resources, they have had the preparation.   

“They have spent so much time together, they are quite a young team too. I think they can go all the way.”