Williams: I don't know if I've done enough
George Williams is hoping he has done enough to hang onto his England place for Sunday's crunch match against Australia.
The Wigan stand-off made his first appearance for his country this year in Saturday’s 38-12 victory against Scotland at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
And he did his prospects no harm at all, creating three second-half tries which ended the Bravehearts’ hopes of an upset and finishing the night with the official man of the match award.
Wayne Bennett opted for Williams as Luke Gale’s partner, ahead of Gareth Widdop.
Williams said: “I don’t know if I’ve done enough. I’ll just train hard and see what Wayne wants to do. I thought I did okay, just okay.
“I was a little bit scrappy and it took me a while to get into the game. Once we started posting points I felt more relaxed and at ease.
“I was a little bit surprised (with the man of the match), I didn’t expect that. Wayne said to me take it because sometimes you don’t get it when you deserve it.”
Williams’ lively display was one of the highlights of a lacklustre performance.
And he admits they will get “pumped” by Australia if they don’t raise their game for the must-win clash at London’s former Olympic Stadium.
“It’s a massive week,” he said. “ Australia are a great side and if we turn up like that we’ll get pumped. We’ve got a lot to learn this week and we’ll train hard.
“We have to be a whole new level. The Aussies are a great side like I keep saying and we can’t turn up like that.”
Scotland took a shock 8-0 lead after an energetic start before two Elliott Whitehead tries made it 12-8 in England’s favour by half-time.
Williams laid on tries for Mark Percival and Ryan Hall as Bennett’s men pulled away.
“A win’s a win, but it was a disappointing first half,” added Williams. “Fair play to Scotland, they came out and really put us under the pump. We need to work hard in training and stop those tries.
“I think we lacked enthusiasm and Scotland brought plenty of that. They blew us away a little bit. It was definitely disappointing but we’ll work on it.
“I don’t think it was complacency, I just think we were a bit flat. We looked at Scotland and did enough review to know what they’re good at. But we were a little bit flat and not good enough.
“At half-time, Wayne said we could either feel sorry for ourselves or turn it around, and we did a little back in the second half.”
England need to beat Australia to have any hope of reaching the final at Anfield the following week. A 12-point margin would secure their place in the decider, though they will know on Friday night - after New Zealand have played Scotland - if a lower-points win would be sufficient.
“You can’t chase points, and that’s where we went wrong against Scotland, we were guilty of that a bit,” added Williams. “We chased the space a bit early on instead of going through the guts of Scotland and it burned us. We’ve just got to try and beat Australia and see where that puts us.
“It would be my first game against Australia so if I get the nod it would be a great chance to test myself.”