Thu, Nov 30, 11:16am by Staff Writer
The 2017 Rugby League World Cup has reached its final stage. From 16 teams now only 2 remain, with Australia facing England. Despite the best efforts of the tier two nations, the dominance of the top sides in rugby league has continued. This incredible sporting rivalry should once again provide a fitting finale.
Australia v England, Saturday 2nd December 2017, 8pm, Brisbane
England have managed to reach their first World Cup Final in 22 years. On that day in 1995 they met the same opponents that they will take on this weekend. England failed to beat Australia then going down 16-8 losers at Wembley Stadium. They will be hoping they can right the wrongs of that Final and indeed so many other matches against the Kangaroos. England have not beaten Australia since the 1995 World Cup opening match when they triumphed 20-16.
Whilst they will reflect on the history, they must not dwell on it if they are to have any chance of over turning a price of $7. The loss of Canberra Raiders hooker, Josh Hodgson could be a cruel blow to their chances. England controlled their Semi-Final against Tonga with exceptional defence until the closing stages and will need to be at their best to beat the Kangaroos.
Having only ever lost two games to England, Australia will no doubt be full of confidence heading into the Final. As they look to secure consecutive World Cup successes following their win in the 2013 edition in the UK. The Kangaroos have not really been challenged throughout this World Cup, winning all of their games with ease. Except for the opening match of the tournament when England gave them a fright.
They showed in the closing stages of that game though, the superior quality of player that they possess who can strike from anywhere on the field to score. Australia are heavy favourites priced at $1.11. They have been able to name their strongest side to take on the English despite concerns over Aaron Woods fitness.
A big win for Australia appears to be on the cards with a 13+ point margin the favourite. That is priced at $1.57 for a Kangaroos win with the same for England at $26. Damage limitation won’t be the attitude England coach Wayne Bennett will be looking at but that appears their best chance. With a 1-12 point win for Australia at $3.40 and for England at $7.50.
Valentine Holmes and Jermaine McGillvary have been the try scoring successes of this tournament. Although it is the Australian who tops the try scoring list with 12 compared to McGillvary’s 7, thanks to his tallies of 5 against Samoa and an incredible 6 against Fiji. Holmes is priced at $6 to be the first tryscorer compared to McGillvary at $15. Whilst for an anytime try, Holmes stands at $1.40 to the Englishman’s $2.88.
Bet of the Match: Jermaine McGillvary to Score a Try and Australia to Win at $3.30
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