Big two on course for final collision


We’ve reached the last four of the Rugby League World Cup and the two games promise to be bruising encounters, as Australia face Fiji and England take on Tonga.

On Friday, tournament favourites Australia (4/27) will look to cement their place in the World Cup final for a 13th consecutive time when they take on the tournament’s surprise package, Fiji. (Match Odds – Australia 1/500, Fiji 12/1, Draw 40/1).

The Kangaroos has cruised through to this stage, having won all four games – scoring 150 points and conceding just 10 points – including two shut outs against Lebanon and Samoa.

They will face a Fiji team who caused the upset of the tournament, with a 4-2 win over 2008 champions New Zealand in the quarter-finals.

Mick Potter’s side have scored 32 tries in the tournament and do offer a threat, even though it’s their power that is always highlighted. But experience will surely be the key in Brisbane, with Australia captain Cameron Smith set to make his 55th appearance for his country, while Fiji hooker Apisai Koroisau has won just seven caps to date.

Fiji will provide a test for the Aussies, but the stand-out bet looks to be in the ‘Winning Margin’ market – Australia to win by 21-25 points is available to back at 4/1.

Jarryd Hayne scored three tries for Australia when they beat Fiji 64-0 in the semis in 2013. He has since switched allegiances to Fiji and can be backed at 8/5 to score a try at anytime on Friday.

Then on Saturday, it’s Tonga against England in Auckland with Wayne Bennett’s men strong favourites to prevail (Match Betting – Tonga 6/4, England 10/19, Draw 18/1).

England (15/2 – To lift the trophy) have yet to reach their full potential but a 36-6 win over Papua New Guinea last week was an improvement and Bennett is expected to name an unchanged side in Auckland.

Tonga have defeated New Zealand, Scotland and Samoa en route to the last four and will likely keep it tight, but an 11 to 15 point win for England, at 13/2, could be the way to go.

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