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Rugby League World Cup Semi Final Preview: Tonga v England

Thu, Nov 23, 11:58am by Staff Writer

Tonga’s incredible journey at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup continues as they meet England in the Semi Finals. They are one win away from a historic World Cup Final, which would shake up the foundations of international rugby league. For so long Australia, New Zealand and England (Great Britain) have dominated all competitions.

Tonga v England, Saturday 25th November 2017, 4pm, Auckland

England have at times stuttered their way through the tournament with below par performances. Indeed, arguably their best performance came in the opening match that they lost to Australia. Since then against the lower ranked sides, the English have struggled for consistency despite winning games with relative ease. Unforced errors have plagued Wayne Bennett’s side, meaning their games have become disjointed. They do, however, possess a squad full of both NRL and Super League talent with the potential to go all the way in this World Cup. They are favourites to win this game priced at $1.60. Although they will face a huge test against Tonga.

The story of this World Cup has been the sensational form of Tonga, as they have made a huge statement with their win over New Zealand in the Pool stages. All the talk surrounding Tonga has been focused on Jason Taumalolo and whilst he has been exceptional, the players around him have also stepped up their games. Tonga do have threats across the field, far more than Taumalolo’s physicality up the middle. They will head into this game priced at $2.40, but there is definitely the threat of an upset in this match. Although they will have to improve on their Quarter Final performance, when they struggled to dispatch a resolute Lebanon side.

This match is likely to be a close contest with both sides looking to their big packs to gain momentum. A close win for either side of 1-12 points stands as favourite. With an England win of that score at $2.80 and a Tongan victory at $3.30. Meanwhile for a big win of 13+ points, England are priced at $3.40 with Tonga at $7.50.

It is the English wingers who dominate the prices for the First Tryscorer. Jermaine McGillvary is the joint second highest tryscorer of the tournament with six tries and he is priced at $8.50 to opening the scoring against Tonga. His colleague Ryan Hall stands at $11 followed by Tonga’s Daniel Tupou ($12), David Fusitu’a ($13) and Michael Jennings ($14).

A Win Try combo involving Jermaine McGillvary and England victory is the favourite priced at $2.40. The best price for a Tongan to score and their side to win the game stands at $4.20 with David Fusitu’a as the tryscorer. Looking at a slightly different angle Jason Taumalolo to score and England to win is priced at $7.

Bet of the Match: Jermaine McGillvary to Score and England to Win at $2.40

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