Graham out to defy odds

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James Graham believes England are ready to take on the might of Australia at Wembley after steamrollering Wales in their opening match of the Gillette Four Nations Series.

Steve McNamara’s men wreaked a 42-4 demolition of a Lee Briers-inspired Wales at Leigh Sports Village. Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins was the star of the show, scoring four of his side’s eight tries, as England flexed their muscles for a tilt at the tournament favourites.

“We did all right,” Graham said. “We made some uncharacteristic errors but I’m sure we’ll fix that in the next two weeks.

“Wales weren’t messing around. Briers was outstanding and their forwards certainly ran it tough as well.

“I’d say we’re on the right path, although we’re under no illusion that next week is going to be more than just a step up. We’re going to have to be really on our game if we are going to compete.”