That wasn't the case though, as Brad Crellin powered his way over in the corner and Beattie latched onto a Carl Rudd grubber
to take Haven 26 points in-front, and at the same time that put the result beyond doubt.
Second-rower Chris Flannery struck the first blow, collecting stand-off Lee Gaskell's perfectly-judged kick, and Eastmond grabbed a copybook score following Jon Wilkin's grubber
From the resulting play, the ball was spread right and Barrett produced a masterful grubber
that Calderwood touched down - although he was almost ruled to have gone dead after slipping at the last second.
Thunder scored on their first set of six when a Neil Thorman break and Dan Russell grubber
kick saw Knowles touch down.
Josh Lewsey collected a wickkedly bouncing grubber
to piledrive over inside two minutes, but the boot of Lionel Beaxis meant that the French led going into the closing stages.
The list is discarded as soon as the bird leaves the booth, and within minutes the Grubber
and the grubbee have forgotten the exchange.
Bradford use the grubber
kick - which often leads to goalline dropouts - to perfection with Paul Deacon consistently trapping defences behind their tryline, while Robbie Paul and Harris are also tactical kickers.
Both lines were pounded, Elliot Kear making one try saving tackle, while at the other end, Courtney Davies' grubber
was well collected.
Ratchford demonstrated his class by gliding through the Saints defence for a solo try before loose forward Ben Harrison touched down a grubber
kick from stand-off Declan Patton.
That to be honest was the only real moment of threat caused by Wales in an opening 40 minutes and Halfpenny had to be alert to snuff out a grubber
kick from Jonny May as England threatened to carve Wales open.
Fly-half Adam Canning missed the conversion but, minutes later, leftwing Alex O'Malley scored a second after a clever grubber
kick by Johns.
As the sun went down on their triumph the players celebrated on the Kia Oval pitch with behaviour some might say was more grubby than grubber