Discussion in 'World Cup' started by Muppet, Nov 10, 2013.
He's a good solid player - great defence - which Benny likes. won't let the team down.
Australia v England
Saturday, 2 December, 8pm (7pm Qld time)
English spirits might have taken a battering in the cricket at the Gabba but all hope isn't lost with their rugby league heroes out to salvage some national pride when they take on Australia in Saturday night's World Cup final.
The history: Played 15; Australia 12; England 2; Drawn 1. England might have been unbeaten against the men in green and gold after their first three meetings but it's been one-way traffic since then with the Kangaroos currently on a 12-game winning streak.
Match officials: Referee: Gerard Sutton. Sideline officials: Chris Butler and Chris Kendall
Televised: Channel Seven – Live Coverage from 7pm.
NRL.com predicts: We've already seen one skipper named Smith slay the English in Brisbane this week, and we're tipping Cameron to join his cricket counterpart with a man-of-the-match showing as Australia win the World Cup by 16 points.
Why Australia can win: From Valentine Holmes's incredible finishing skills to Australia's grunt up front, there are countless reasons why Australia should win on Saturday night. However, the key could be the 'big three' as they approach what might be their last game together. With Cooper Cronk off to the Roosters next year and the rep futures of Billy Slater and Cameron Smith up in the air, the World Cup final could very well be the last time we see the talented triumvirate line up together. They helped the Maroons clinch an unlikely State of Origin series, they combined to secure another premiership for the Storm and now they have the chance to say goodbye on a ground where they've shared some of their fondest memories.
Why England can win: It will take something special for England to upset the Aussies, but stranger things have happened. Everything will need to go right for the underdogs and they must not gift the Kangaroos opportunities through errors and penalties. The northerners have a world-class pack led by James Graham and Sam Burgess that can punch holes in the defensive line and it's up to the in-form Gareth Widdop to link with his outside backs to punish Australia when they are in good-ball areas.
Nakia Davis-Welsh, Karina Brown, Corban McGregor, Isabelle Kelly, Chelsea Baker, Ali Brigginshaw, Caitlin Moran, Stephanie Hancock, Brittany Breayley, Heather Ballinger, Renae Kunst, Kezie Apps, Simiana Taufa-Kautai. Interchange: Lavina O'Mealey, Ruan Sims, Elianna Walton, Zahara Temara, Annette Brander, Meg Ward.
1. Apii Nicholls-Pualau 2. Atawhai Tupaea 3. Maitua Feterika 4. Shontelle Woodman 5. Honey Hireme 6. Raecene McGregor 7. Kimiora Nati 8. Lilieta Maumau 9. Krystal Rota 10. Aieshaleigh Smalley 11. Teuila Fotu-Moala 12. Hilda Peters 13. Laura Mariu (c) 14. Nita Maynard 15. Krystal Murray 16. Ngatokotoru Arakua 17. Amber Kani 18. Georgia Hale 19. Louisa Gago
Yes, I know. But he's old, and past it, and we have better.
A body-blow to our already slim hopes.
Australian Jillaroos 23 (Kelly 2, Moran, Walton tries; Moran 3 goals, field goal) defeated New Zealand Kiwi Ferns 16 (Hireme 2, McGregor tries; Nati goals). Half-time: 12-10.
Australia 6 (Cordner try, Smith conversion) defeated England 0
A dour contest, with some home-side refereeing. Poor errors from Tom Burgess costly.
Not just costly, but typical. Shouldn't have been near the first choice 13. We have props in SL better than him. As they've shown in this comp.
Close game - but for the errors they might have won.
Both games were not up to the standard of their previous games.
Women's game was riddled with errors from what looked like two sides almost out on their feet from the gruelling tournament.
The really forward passes from the Jills were an example of how tired they were but still lots of cases of individual brilliance from both kiwis and Jills.
I liked O'mealey and she played like a burly balding Brian Clay but with a better tan and hair.
The mens game also had errors but was a lot closer and Bennett's Poms fell just short of a scrambling Roo's side at the final hooter.
It was a lot tighter than I thought. I previous prediction was way off - something 40 -12
Yes - great game Bazz.
BUT - I just can't take to Smith. Not sure why - the way he "behaves" maybe. Just something in/about his manner.
Aww SJ your just saying that because james Graham gave him a spray alleging he is a cheat.. Some people stretch or bend the rules as far as they can........and get away with it while others don't.
I'm glad we made it competitive, but it told me what we already knew; our pack and our defence are the equal of any, but we don't have the backs and halves to win competitions. And although we continue to produce a remarkable quantity of talent from quite a small base, I don't see that changing anytime soon.
The Poms did much better than their early matches suggested they might. Widdop moving to Fb was a life saver for them and they need a Bennett like coach in the UK to make the team even more competitive.
Widdop & Hunt is a good halve combination.
Could be Bazza....BUT we haven't actually seen them play in combination yet
JAMAICA has beaten the USA and qualified for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
Enough people say they know they can't believe...
Jamaica we have a World Cup team
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