Thu, Nov 9, 12:31pm by Staff Writer
The clash in Hamilton between New Zealand and Tonga will be the focal point for Week 3 of the Rugby League World Cup. Although there are numerous games across the weekend that should continue the fine display of league that fans have been treated to so far. Spots are up for grabs in the Quarter Finals whilst some teams will be playing their last match of the tournament.
Fiji v Italy, Friday 10th November 2017, Canberra, 7.40pm (AEDT)
Prior to the start of the World Cup many would have foreseen this match up as the decider Pool D. Especially after Italy drafted in the services of NRL superstar James Tedesco. Yet their shock loss to Ireland in Week 1 means that this almost a formality for the Fijians. With a vastly superior points difference Fiji stand to make the Quarter Finals regardless of the result on Friday night but with the form that they are in don’t be surprised if they notch up another high scoring win. Despite Italy have a number of threats across their squad, they are unlikely to be able to contend with power and pace of Fiji. In particular Suliasi Vunivalu has continued his sensational try scoring form from the NRL into the World Cup.
Bet of the Match: Suliasi Vunivalu First Try Scorer at $6.50
Australia v Lebanon, Saturday 11th November 2017, Sydney, 8pm (AEDT)
The Kangaroos have already secured their place in the Quarter Finals and this match against Lebanon should not be a stumbling block for them. After beating England on the opening weekend and cruising past France in Week 2, Australia continue to get better with every game. Lebanon put up a brave fight against England, spearheaded by Robbie Farah, but ultimately, they never really threatened an upset. Again, this week it will be putting in a performance to be proud of rather than targeting a win. Stranger things have happened in world sport, however, could Lebanon produce a spectacular upset.
Bet of the Match: Valentine Holmes First Try Scorer at $8
England v France, Sunday 12th November 2017, Perth, 9pm (AEDT)
France will be looking to finish their World Cup on a high. They have a slim chance of making the Quarter Finals but would have to produce an epic display if they are to beat England. The English bounced back from losing to the Kangaroos in Week 1 and whilst they were tested at times by Lebanon last week, they should have too much class for the French. They will also be boosted by the fact that winger Jermaine McGillvary has been cleared of a biting accusation. He has been in splendid form throughout the two games of the World Cup. England will need to be wary of a fired up French side but will expect to make the Quarter Finals.
Bet of the Match: Jermaine McGillvary First Try Scorer at $5.50
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