A final score that finished a whopping 42-0 in favour of England, the game was clearly one-sided, as England deserve all the kudos they get, following a blistering game that saw them demolish the Irish side who had no answer.
The win was not the only thing to celebrate, though – at least not for English winger Ryan Hall – who became England’s all-time leading try scorer – after crossing the stripes three times in a man-of-the-match performance.
Hall, who can be as humble as they come, said that if it were not for his team-mates, he would not be scoring the tries that he is.
“I’ve scored a lot of tries but wouldn’t have got any if it wasn’t for my team-mates,” said Hall.
With a few changes to increase the competition for spots, it was centre Tom Briscoe who seized his chance – he scored two tries – as he wanted to give English coach Steve McNamara something to think about it come the crucial games.
“This was my chance to stake a claim for the spot,” said Briscoe.
“I wanted to make it hard for him (McNamara) and hopefully I’ve done enough to keep a spot for next week. I had to go out there and give it my best.
“Setting up tries and scoring them helps the team and thankfully we got a good win today.”
It was all one-way traffic in front of a sell-out crowd of just over 24,000, as English half Rangi Chase highlighted just how important of a moment the game was to him.
“It was a special moment for me.
“I got the ball a lot in my hands to set up a couple of tries and get some momentum. I’m getting there steadily, I feel like I’m improving.
“At Castleford I was the ‘go to’ man but I can play more of a structured role here. We fell short last week (against Australia) so, it was good to keep them to zero today.”
For McNamara, it was a performance that pleased him and one he is proud of – though he admits that his side took their foot off the pedal in the second half and were not as fluent in attack.
“Overall I’m pretty pleased. We hit a real purple patch in the first half when we played with some great shape and executed some nice stuff.
“To nil any team, particularly at international level, is a credit to the players.
“We weren’t as fluent in the second half when the conditions were worse but we showed a bit of grit to keep them out and it bodes well.”
For Irish coach Mark Aston, the result was a bad one but he knows that his side were outplayed and given a lesson in rugby league. Despite that, he was proud of how his players dug deep in the second half and believes they have something to work on moving forward.
“We got a bit of an education in how to play a game of rugby league but I was immensely proud of the boys in the second half,” said Aston.
“We’ve got something to build on, we’ll dust ourselves down because we’ve got another challenge next week against Australia.”