Rugby League World Cup Final 2017 - Australia v England
The Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane is to stage the fifteenth Rugby League World Cup Final with England and Australia competing for the honour of being World Cup Champions this Saturday at 0900hrs GMT, in a repeat of the first round clash when Australia ran out 18 - 4 winners.
England booked their spot in the final after hanging on to a narrow victory over Tonga 20-18, in a tough Semi-final whilst Australia demolished Fiji 54-6 in their semi-final.
Facing Australia is not an easy thing but Wayne Bennet, England’s Coach, is positive that his team will beat the Kangaroos. Tonga was a tough competitor but the English team achieved what many considered hard. Bennett’s tactics and mastery of the game was evident in the way his team played in the semis. Considering that Tonga was the Cinderella in the story, there is no doubt now, and Australia knows that England are no pushovers. Inasmuch as the Kangaroos are use to major finals, having participated in 13 of the last 14 World Cup finals and are firm favourites to lift the trophy yet again, their coach Mal Meninga, was adamant they will not be taking the opposition lightly.
The Journey to the Final
At the semis, England looked to have taken control early in the game as they led 20-0 before the 73rd-minute mark, only for Tonga to reply with three tries in the last 10 minutes. They cut England’s victory to 2 points. Unfortunately for them, England hung on to record a 20-18 victory, which the coach claimed was deserved. Though Tonga had their claim of being cheated by the video referee shoved away, the better team won. Tonga’s frustrations were evident in their head coach, Christian Wolfe, when he slammed the officials for being inconsistent.
This was after the video referee ruled against them that resulted in England leading by 12-0 by the 16th minute. “I cannot imagine that the officials could overlook that,” he said. There was no surprise when Bennet openly disagreed with the Wolfe and affirmed that his team deserved the victory. Before Tonga, England faced tough competition in the form of Papua New Guinea in the quarterfinals. On the other hand, Australia is coming to this final as the favourite, having thrashed Samoa and Fiji en route to the finals.
History of the Two Teams in the Competition
It was 1995 since England and Australia faced each other in a rugby world cup final. This year’s final is bound to revive a rivalry that had subsided. Other than the opposition between the two rugby nations, there is also a spicy grumble between the two coaches. Meninga and Bennett are going to face each other in a heated competition where there is no underdog. Two years ago, Bennett lost the Kangaroo coaching job to Meninga. This final match provides the England coach with the opportunity for sweet revenge.
In 2008, the England coach is recorded to have helped the New Zealand national team to upset Australia. Now, he has the opportunity to repeat the victory as the head coach of the national team. The English fraternity will be betting on John Bateman, Gareth Widdop, and Jermaine McGillvary to dethrone Australia. The team will also hope that their captain, Sean O’Loughlin will be fit after coming off with an injury against Tonga. As for Australia, they will be backing on their captain, Cameron Smith, Vice Captain, Boyle Cordner, and Valentine Holmes to lead the Kangaroos to a victory in yet another World Cup triumph.
Roll on The Final
The Kangeroos will be looking for their 11th World title, with England their first, that is on their own as previously they were part of the Great Britain team that triumphed in 1954, 1960, 1972.
On Saturday, 2nd December, all eyes will be on Brisbane when the Kangaroos face England for what will be a thrilling finale to an excellent tournament which has been the tale of the underdogs such as Lebanon, Tonga and PNG, up until the Semi-finals that is. The stakes are high and English Rugby fans will be backing their team to bring the cup home, causing one last upset in this year's tournament.
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