Mossop: Taking on the Exiles was right

England v Exiles at The Halliwell Jones Stadium

England v Exiles at The Halliwell Jones Stadium

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LEE Mossop has no doubts England’s match against the Exiles has left them better prepared for a World Cup assault later this year.

The prop was one of four Wigan players in the national side that beat Super League’s best overseas stars 30-10 last Friday night.

The concept has been panned by some critics and largely ignored by many fans, with fewer than 8,000 turning up at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Mossop, though, insists it was a worthwhile exercise for the players in the run-up to the World Cup later this year.

He said: “It was really good, not just the week but what we’ve been building for two years now.

“The more camps we have the better we will be, and the Exiles game was an extra step.

“We treated it like a World Cup game and took a lot out of it.

“It was a good test for us as a nation and it’s a stepping stone to where we’re going.

“We had a good, physical work out and it did the trick.”

England took a 24-0 lead into half-time but struggled to build on that advantage, with Kevin Sinfield’s loss to injury disrupting their attack.

“We showed what we can do in the first-half and probably let our foot off the gas after that, which is something we’ll have to fix up,” added Mossop.

“But I’ll say it again, we beat a good team by 30-10 so we were happy.

“They had a big pack and a lot of strike in the backs with players like Pat (Richards) and Joel Monaghan, so we were satisfied.”