1948/1949 European Championship
22 September 1948 • KO 00:00
11 v 5
Central Park, Wigan
Referee : Charles Appleton
It was an international match in name only at Wigan, where on a waterlogged pitch and in persistent rain, England won far more easily than the score suggests. A party of Australian tourists acting as as observers would learn little from this display.
From the aspect of a Test trial, the atrocious conditions may have ruined many hopes but not those of McCormick, Belle Vue Rangers' winger playing in his first international for England. He made a great impression with his powerful elusive running and accurate handling.
Ledgard too gave a perfect exhibition at fullback and the well-tried forward front row of Gee,Egan and Curran, apart from their activities in the loose, were outstanding.
Halfback Helme, in the absence of Bradshaw, made himself a certain choice, as did Pimblett in the three-quarter line. Pepperell and Lawrenson and had few chances to shine.
England were far superior in all phases of the game. Wales never struck their form until it was too late in spite of the fact that Meek, Huddersfield hooker, won possession from 34 of the 80 or one-a-minute scrums.
The Welsh forwards were outclassed in the loose although both Staines and Howes were often in the picture. There was also a similar lack of effectiveness among the backs where Jones was sound if not so brilliant as Ledyard.
All England points were scored in the first half with tries by Helme, who died over from a scrum on the line, Pimblett and McCormick, Palin kicking one goal. Near the end Wales rallied to register a try be Mahony and Ted Ward kicked the goal.
Team Lists and Scoring Information
|7||Dai Jenkins (c)|
|0 - 3||Gerry Helme||England||Try|
|0 - 6||Stan McCormick||England||Try|
|0 - 9||Albert Pimblett||England||Try|
|0 - 11||Harold Palin||England||Conversion|
|75||3 - 11||Joe Mahoney||Wales||Try|
|76||5 - 11||Ted Ward||Wales||Conversion|