Graham’s grateful for warm send-off

PICTURE BY ALEX BROADWAY/SWPIX.COM - Rugby League - Gillette 4 Nations 2011 - England v Australia - Wembley Stadium, London, England - 5/11/11 - James Graham of England.
PICTURE BY ALEX BROADWAY/SWPIX.COM - Rugby League - Gillette 4 Nations 2011 - England v Australia - Wembley Stadium, London, England - 5/11/11 - James Graham of England.

JAMES Graham has thanked supporters for the rousing send-off he received on Saturday.

The St Helens prop forward was again one of the stand-out England players in what is likely to be his final game on these shores for many years.

“I’m really disappointed with the result but it is hard to pinpoint the reason we lost,” said Graham, who next month will join the NRL’s Canterbury Bulldogs.

“There was a lot of emotion involved.

“We went into half-time just 8-6 down, and we felt that we were in a position where we could have gone on and won.

“We hadn’t really played well, but were still in the game so it’s hard to put your finger on why we lost.

“If you lose in a final by one or 100 points, it doesn’t make any difference – you’ve still lost the final.

“It’s a big opportunity missed.

“I felt like we could do it but it wasn’t to be, but hopefully we can build on a couple of big performances we’ve had this year.

“The support all tournament has been outstanding.

“They packed the house out tonight, and full credit to the fans for doing that.

“They keep supporting us and I hope that continues.”