8 Nov 2022
Scoring rivalry takes back seat for Young ahead of semi
England winger focused on reaching final, not outscoring Josh Addo-Carr
By James Toney
Dom Young and Josh Addo-Carr maybe locked in a race to finish the top try scorer at the Rugby League World Cup but the England winger isn't bothered.
Addo-Carr's five-try haul against Lebanon took him to 11 for the tournament, while Young scored one against Papua New Guinea to move to nine.
Both now have Valentine Holmes all-time record - 12 tries five years ago - in their sights but Newcastle Knights star Young insists he’s only interested in winning the final at Old Trafford.
“I've really not been looking too much,” said Young, ahead of England's semi-final clash with Samoa, who they beat 60-6 in the group stages, at Arsenal’s London home.
“It’s nice to score tries and I guess it would be nice to catch Josh but I’m not too fussed about it. As long as the team is doing well, that’s the main focus for me.”
Running away with it...
Dom Young wins our @Selcobw Try of the Week poll again for Week 2 with a commanding 35.6% of the vote!#RLWC2021 | @England_RL pic.twitter.com/LLDtrnqAX1
— Rugby League World Cup 2021 (@RLWC2021) October 31, 2022
Addo-Carr and Young have a mutual fan club, with the latter going viral for a brilliantly running down the flying Foxx and dumping him in touch when the Knights took on the Bulldogs earlier this year.
"Dom is having a special tournament in a wonderful team, hats off to how he's playing and I'm really enjoying watching him," said the Kangaroos winger, ahead of this Friday's semi-final with New Zealand at Elland Road.
Young proved unstoppable during the group stages but took on more of a watching brief in England's last eight win, scoring just once as Saints winger Tommy Makinson grabbed five on the other flank.
But the 21-year-old is about more than scoring, consistently beating players to set up England attacks, including executing textbook set-up play to help Kallum Watkins cross the line.
Indeed coach Shaun Wane has consistently praised his work off the ball ahead of his finishing prowess.
“The ball always seemed to be going down the left,” joked Young.
“I definitely wouldn’t have minded a bit more ball but it worked so I can’t complain too much.
“The start was really positive [against Papua New Guinea] and we’ll take that forward. We always knew they going to come out aggressive and it was about taking it to them.
"It doesn't get easier and we've another tough opponent this weekend but hopefully we can go all the way. I’ve never been to the Emirates so I’m looking forward to 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