16 Oct 2022
Louis Senior thrilled to score for Ireland alongside twin Innes
Ireland beat Jamaica 42-8 to kickstart their Group C campaign at Headingley
By Megan Armitage at Headingley Stadium
Louis Senior said scoring on his World Cup debut was made extra special by twin Innes also crossing for Ireland in their 48-2 victory over Jamaica.
The 22-year-olds were rockets down the wing for Ged Corcoran's team and with skipper George King and his brother Toby also dotting down for Ireland, here was an abundance of family magic in the air at Headingley.
Brendan O’Hagan, James McDonnell, Ed Chamberlain, James Bentley and Frankie Halton also got over for Ireland as Kieran Rush claimed the Reggae Warriors' first ever World Cup points.
Senior said: "I’m honestly buzzed. It’s great playing with your family. It means more and you put those extra efforts in a bit more when you're playing with your brother.
"Both of my tries were pretty easy, I bombed one earlier which I was a bit frustrated about but very happy I got one a minute later to move me on.
"I knew I had blown that first one which did make me very frustrated at the time but got those other two eventually."
It's a family game, just ask the Senior and King brothers!
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Senior delivered the first points for his team after an earlier attempt was ruled out as his foot slipped out of play but that opened the flood gates for the Emerald Isle as another nine try scorers followed with player of the match Luke Keary dictating things elegantly.
However, the loudest cheer of the night went to Jamaica who- opened their account in the last play of the first half as Rush slotted a penalty from just inside the 40-metre mark, and Senior was full of praise for the resolute Reggae Warriors.
He said: "Jamaica never gave up and stuck with us but the most pleasing bit was our defence. To never give up and not let them score a try the whole game was crazy.
"There's some things to fix up in defence leading into the next couple of weeks but we scored nearly 50 points whilst missing some kicks so really happy with it.
"There were quite a few errors with us in timing and over playing, I think we could be a bit more patient."
READ MORE: Match Report: Jamaica 2-48 Ireland
Despite the eventual scoreline, Jamaica held firm in defence on several occasions and were helped by the efforts of their own set of brothers in Ben and Aaron Jones-Bishop.
Ben, a two-time Super League champion with Leeds Rhinos, pulled off a phenomenal try-saving tackle on the line to deny Innes Senior a second score.
And Jamaica coach Jermaine Coleman was unbelievably proud of his team's historic World Cup debut and with the likes of New Zealand and Lebanon still to come, confirmed that they will continue to push their limits with the aim of continuing to improve.
He said: "To be here and to experience a World Cup is a massive achievement for us.
"From a structural point of view, we were poor around the ruck, and we need to wrestle a bit better.
"There's some really clear easy fixes for us to do and to take into account that we're going to play probably the best team in the world on paper next week.
"If we're fatigued at this level then it will be exactly the same next week.
"But we base our ethos on our effort and our desire and our commitment and I'm 100 percent guaranteed that we will get that."
The Rugby League World Cup promises to be the biggest, best and most inclusive event in the sport’s 127-year history with men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams competing in 61 games across 21 venues throughout England. Tickets are available via rlwc2021.com/tickets