Roby hop­ing he has done enough

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ST HELENS hooker James Roby is play­ing a wait­ing game to dis­cover if he will get the chance to play in Eng­land’s knock­out games in the World Cup.

The vet­eran num­ber nine was sin­gled out for praise by head coach Wayne Ben­nett af­ter help­ing Eng­land to a 36-6 vic­tory over France in their fi­nal group match in Perth which se­cured their place in the last eight.

Roby is now hop­ing he has done enough to keep his spot for the clash with Pa­pua New Guinea in the last quar­ter-fi­nal in Mel­bourne on Sun­day.

Roby was re­called in place of Eng­land’s reg­u­lar hooker Josh Hodgson while Mark Per­ci­val, Mike McMeeken, Scott Tay­lor and Kevin Brown all played their first games of the World Cup. Ben­nett said he was sat­is­fied with all of their con­tri­bu­tions.

“Wayne will speak to us dur­ing the week and tell us what his team se­lec­tion is,” said Roby. “There’s good ri­valry in this squad in pretty much ev­ery po­si­tion. They’re all qual­ity play­ers.

“Ob­vi­ously me and Josh are ro­tat­ing in train­ing but that’s the same for the other play­ers. We’re all com­pet­i­tive by na­ture and it prob­a­bly brings out the best in us with­out us even re­al­is­ing it some­times.”

Eng­land flew out of Perth on Mon­day to set up camp in Mel­bourne, where they be­gan their World Cup cam­paign with an 18-4 de­feat by Aus­tralia three weeks ago.

Ben­nett’s men have yet to look con­vinc­ing in the tour­na­ment, hav­ing failed to make the most of fly­ing starts against both Le­banon and France.

“We’re aware of that,” Roby said. “We need to rec­tify it. We had a really good start against France and put points on the board but in the sec­ond half our com­ple­tion was way down.

“I’m sure we’ll be touch­ing on that this week. There were pe­ri­ods in the game when we got a bit lost and we need to get that out of our game and put an 80-minute per­for­mance to­gether.”

Whether Ben­nett opts for either Roby or Hodgson or a com­bi­na­tion of both, they will be up against two world-class hook­ers in James Sege­yaro, who had a suc­cess­ful if brief stint in Su­per League with Leeds in 2016, and Cata­lans Dragons’ Paul Ai­ton.

“They’re well-known names,” Roby said. “We know what they’re ca­pa­ble of. They’re fan­tas­tic play­ers.

“I’ve played against PNG a cou­ple of times, they’re a very phys­i­cal team.” GI­ANTS winger Jer­maine McGil­l­vary was de­lighted to let his rugby do the talk­ing for him af­ter help­ing Eng­land se­cure their place in the World Cup quar­ter-fi­nals.

The Hud­der­s­field flier was cleared to play in Eng­land’s fi­nal group match against France at Perth’s Rec­tan­gu­lar Sta­dium af­ter be­ing found not guilty of bit­ing Le­banon cap­tain Rob­bie Farah dur­ing last week’s 29-10 win over the Cedars.

McGil­l­vary spoke of the dam­age to his rep­u­ta­tion that was caused by in­ci­dent but his stand­ing in the in­ter­na­tional game soared when he scored two tries in Eng­land’s 36-6 vic­tory over the French.

“Af­ter some­thing like that which wasn’t nice, you needed a re­sponse,” he said.

“It could have been easy for me to go into my shell and be a bit timid and stay out on my wing but I tried my best to come in and do what I nor­mally do.

“I thought I did it in stages against France. It was a lit­tle hic­cup that hap­pened last week and I’ll go again and keep try­ing to im­prove.”

McGil­l­vary has now scored four tries in the World Cup and is av­er­ag­ing a try a game for his coun­try, but he was crit­i­cal of his per­for­mance af­ter a knock-on near his own line gifted France pos­ses­sion from which they scored their only game.

He also ad­mits Eng­land will need to im­prove when they take on Pa­pua New Guinea in Mel­bourne on Sun­day for a place in the semi-fi­nals af­ter fail­ing to press home their ad­van­tage for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive week.

“It was al­right but I’m still a bit miffed about that dropped ball in the first half,” McGil­l­vary said.

“That’s not like me. The two tries are nice and the win is even bet­ter. The sec­ond half wasn’t too crack­ing so it’s some­thing we need to look at if we want to progress. Our com­ple­tion wasn’t real good.”

Among a host of eye-catch­ing per­form­ers for the Ku­muls winger Garry Lo, who will make the move from Sh­effield Ea­gles to Castle­ford next sea­son and is set to go up against McGil­l­vary.

Lo picked up a calf in­jury in his side’s 64-0 rout of the United States on Sun­day, but McGil­l­vary is hop­ing he re­cov­ers in time for next Sun­day’s game.

“I’m hop­ing to play against him,” said McGil­l­vary.

“He’s hav­ing an out­stand­ing tour­na­ment and that’s why I love be­ing here, I want to test my­self against the top play­ers.

“He’s a young man who’s go­ing to take Su­per League by storm next year. He’s a wreck­ing ball. It will be good to test my­self against him and vice versa.

“I’ve played against a few wreck­ing balls, like Justin Car­ney, in my ca­reer. I al­ways like

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