Nick Easter has admitted that England were nervy in their win over Samoa. The Samoans, trailing 6-3 at half-time, even led early in the second half after full-back Paul Williams’ try.
But touchdowns from Matt Banahan and Tom Croft ensured England chalked up a hard-fought victory.
Nick Easter, captain as Lewis Moody was rested, said: ‘I was biting my fingernails for a bit in second half and I’m glad to get the win — but we’re not happy with the performance.
‘We weren’t as clinical as we wanted to be. We found the breakdown hard today. It really killed us.