England will look to take plenty of positives from their defeat to Australia when they go up against Lebanon in Sydney on Saturday.
Head coach Wayne Bennett will have been disappointed his side were not able to get over the line against the Kangaroos as their path towards the World Cup final has now been made more difficult.
The remaining group games against Lebanon and France should be a good opportunity to get key partnerships working better, while one may expect England to make cricket scores of both encounters.
Lebanon did manage to secure a 29-18 win over the French and will once again play with the freedom of having no pressure on their shoulders.
England are 10/13 with a -31.5 point handicap and Bennett’s side should have more than enough to surpass that tally, before their clash with the French.
It’s all about the handicap betting this weekend with the one-sided games that are on offer and the match between New Zealand and Scotland is no different.
The Scots pulled off the biggest result in their history to secure an 18-18 draw with the Kiwis in their last meeting in Cumbria but Saturday’s game will be very different.
Scotland were blessed with the Cumbrian rain in their last encounter and managed to grind out an impressive draw with a spirited performance.
However Steve McCormack’s men took quite a battering against the giants of Tonga in their opening game with a 50-4 defeat.
With the Scots making the trip to Christchurch to face New Zealand’s stars in their own backyard, it does not look like even a +46.5 handicap at 4/5 will be enough to get the Bravehearts over the line in this one.
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