x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 29 July 2017

Hooker has eye on England

Australia hooker Cameron Smith was delighted with his team's victory over New Zealand,but has already turned his attention to moving up a gear against England at the weekend.

Australia hooker Cameron Smith was delighted with his team's victory over New Zealand,but has already turned his attention to moving up a gear against England at the weekend. England are the Kangaroos' next opponents in Melbourne on Sunday and they will have to improve on Saturday's 32-22 win over Papua New Guinea if they are to spring a shock on the Australians. Smith claimed his side can produce an even better performance against England. "We weren't sure how the Kiwis were going to play," he said.

"They're a physical team and capable of throwing the ball around.We wanted to start strongly. We know we are going to get better as the tournament goes on. It's a tough ask against the Pommies - they're a great team and beat us down here a couple of years ago. "A few of the boys haven't played football in a while and all played well, particularly the halves." * PA Sport