The scoreline rightfully flatters England who won 74-4 but in their first ever World Cup game, the Brazil Amazonas showed plenty of heart and ticker.

Ultimately, England were far too good led by Amy Hardcastle and Courtney Winfield-Hill.

The first English try came after just a minute when the spread to the right saw Caitlin Beevers with some space and she was able to get low and score.

England would again go left minutes later, this time it was Tara-Jane Stanley who evaded one tackler and was able to run around closer to the posts to plant the ball down.

Winfield-Hill would then go it alone and grab her first try as she brushed off tacklers, found the gap, and had too much speed for the Brazilian fullback.

Winfield-Hill then had a second try soon after, a similar one to her first try but closer in, as she evaded a tackler and scored behind the posts.

Vicky Molyneux’s break then found Grace Field in space and she coasted away to score for her first try in English colours.

Hardcastle then grabbed her first try as she screamed onto a pass from a scrum play, splitting the Brazilian defence wide open.

Stanley would then get her second right before half-time as she finished off another simple shift to the right.

A deft grubber from Emily Rudge bobbled away and ended up in the hands of Fran Goldthorp who was able to wriggle her way over the line.

Hardcastle had her second when she finished a nice play down the left hand side and it was one way traffic for England.

And then came the moment that had the crowd and people around the world cheering. A Brazilian try!

Paula Casemiro was able to hold the ball up long enough and then offload for Natalia Momberg to race away and score Brazil’s first World Cup try.

The jubilation would not last too long, though, as Tara Jones spotted a gap from dummy half and easily burrowed her way over.

Hardcastle capped off her hat-trick with another tremendous run, going past several defenders and making it look easy.

Hardcastle would then turn provider as she offloaded to winger Leah Burke and the the winger did the rest to beat defenders to score.

Winfield-Hill and Holly Dodd would then combine for the veteran half to get her hat-trick.

A pass from Dodd to Winfield-Hill saw her run away to score.

The final try of the game was a simple one was Olivia Wood ran straight through a gap and scored, capping off a resounding England win.

England 74 (Winfield-Hill 3, Hardcastle 3, Stanley 2, Beevers, Field, Goldthorp, Jones, Burke, Wood; G: Stanley 8) def. Brazil 4 (Momberg).

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Courtney Winfield-Hill (ENG)

2. Amy Hardcastle (ENG)

1. Grace Field (ENG)

England centre Amy Hardcastle

By ricky

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