England's Jermaine McGillvary is brought down by the Scotland defence during the Four Nations match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
England's Jermaine McGillvary is brought down by the Scotland defence during the Four Nations match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Simon Cooper

England survives slow start to see off Scotland

ENGLAND stormed back from being 8-0 down to register a huge 38-12 win in their Four Nations clash against Scotland.

No team from outside league's traditional big three - Australia, New Zealand and England - has won a game in five editions of the tournament, and that's still the case following the result in Coventry.

The Scots had made all the early running, Kane Linnett and Matty Russell scoring tries in the first 24 minutes in the first ever meeting between the neighbouring countries.

But Wayne Bennett's men then finally clicked into gear, Elliott Whitehead's two tries ultimately putting England ahead 12-8 at half-time, before Mark Percival, Ryan Hall, Jermain McGillvary, Luke Gale and Liam Farrell al touched down in the second half.

Hall's try extended his national record to 30 in 30 Tests, while Farrell crossed on the last play of the game for a try that could yet be important in terms of points difference.

After opening with a 17-16 loss to New Zealand last weekend, England will need to beat Australia in its last group game to advance to the November 20 final at Anfield, the home stadium of soccer club Liverpool.

Scotland lost its first game 54-12 to Australia.


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