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Rugby League World Cup Semi Final Preview: Australia v Fiji

Wed, Nov 22, 8:53am by Staff Writer

The Rugby League World Cup is now down to the four best sides in the world. With Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and England all vying for the chance to lift the trophy. All have battled hard to reach this stage and are now only one game away from the Final. The first match of the weekend will see giant slayers Fiji take on the number one ranked team in the world, Australia.

Australia v Fiji, Friday 24th November 2017, 8pm (AEDT), Brisbane

Throughout both the build up and the tournament itself, Australia have remained favourites to secure back to back World Cup triumphs. Co-hosting has meant that they have played all their matches with their fanatical fan base behind them and are on course to reach the Final. Having eased their way the through the Pools, they brushed aside Samoa in the Quarter Finals. Other than the Kangaroos opening match against England, they have not really been challenged.

The biggest difficulty facing Australia will be keeping their mindset correct once again as they head in to this match priced at $1.05. Suncorp Stadium will like a second home to many of the joint Kangaroos and Maroon Origin players, making this all the more fitting for a Semi Final venue.

Fiji rocked the world of rugby league last weekend as they dumped co-hosts New Zealand out of their own tournament. That Quarter Final win was their first ever of the Kiwis and sparked scenes of jubilation for the island nation. The euphoria of that win will have subsided a little as they began preparations to take on Australia. Fiji are up against it priced at $10 but do hold the necessary firepower to cause the Kangaroos some threats. The question will be whether they can retain the same intensity of defence, as they did against the Kiwis, for another 80 minutes.

Australia are expected to keep the pressure on their rivals and aim to produce another emphatic performance. A 13+ point victory stands as the favourite margin priced at $1.25, compared to the same for Fiji at $56. Fiji will be dreaming of a win but to even keep the Kangaroos to a 1-12-point margin would be an incredible achievement considering the calibre of the Australian squad. An Australian win at that margin is priced at $4.50 with the same for Fiji at $12.

For the first try scorer it is Dane Gagai and five try hero from the Quarters, Valentine Holmes who top the prices. Gagai stands at $7.50 with Holmes at $8, followed by Billy Slater at $10. The best price for a Fiji player is Suliasi Vunivalu who has been in outstanding try scoring form throughout the tournament. He has been a real danger man in all of Fiji’s matches and is priced at $15 to score the first try.

Bet of the Match: Anytime Tryscorer, Suliasi Vunivalu at $2.50

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