Rugby League: Ferres’ international try spree proving costly for his family

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ENGLAND HERO Brett Ferres’ try spree is proving costly for a close family member.

Ferres bagged a brace of tries in England’s 26-12 win over New Zealand two days ago, a week after scoring a hat-trick as France were demolished 84-4.

And Ferres, who is originally from Castleford and has played for his hometown club as well as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, revealed he is on a try scoring bonus.

He said: “My grandad still pays me! It’s nice to get them [tries] and obviously they make a massive difference in what we’re trying to achieve, so if they are there for me then obviously I’ll gladly accept them.”

Ferres, of Huddersfield Giants, has been among the substitutes in both England’s games so far this autumn. The hosts trailed 10-0 early in last Sunday’s first Test, but Ferres and his fellow replacements James Roby, Thomas Burgess and Mike Cooper played a key part in turning the tide.

“You put 13 out who you think will make the best start and then you bring players on who you think can make an impact and make a difference and I think all four of us did that,” Ferres reflected. “We contributed to the team and what we were trying to achieve. It’s a 17 man game nowadays, which was proved again [on Sunday].”

One win from the two remaining Tests, at London’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday and in Wigan a week later, would secure a rare series success for England.

Ferres insisted England still have improvement in them, but he reckons the Kiwis – rated the top side in the world – will also be better this weekend.

“It was all right,” he said of the victory at Hull’s KC Stadium. “We’re obviously happy to win and it was a fantastic milestone for us to get that first win, so obviously now we’ve got something to build on.

“But I think can play better. We’re still a new group, we’ve got a young half-back in there and two players who haven’t played at halves before in Gaz [Gareth Widdop] and George [Williams].

“A few others were only making their second cap as well, so it’s looking great for the future.

“It’s still fresh in the tournament and it’s nice to go 1-0 up, but we’ll put that away now and build for this week.”