Last Roll Of The Dice For The Aussies

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Cameron Smith will hopefully lead the Kangaroos to another victory. Image courtesy of: Picture: Mark Evans

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Australia v England


Sunday November 2 – 3:05 PM (AEST)




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It’s do-or-die for Australia as they face England in the Four Nations at AAMI Park on Sunday.

Despite losing the World Cup in 2008 and the Four Nations in 2010, Australia has  lost just nine out of 74 international matches since 2000. They have been an International powerhouse for over a century, but a new wave of untested talent is coming through the ranks. Last week against the Kiwis, their youth and inexperience was exposed. They could only manage to complete 69% of their sets and missed a whopping 42 tackles to go down to the visitors 30-12. Greg Inglis and Daly Cherry-Evans have both been named despite missing a majority of last week’s game, with Sione Mata’utia set to become the youngest ever Australian International after being named on the wing for Sunday’s game. 

England is very lucky not to be in the same shoes as the Aussies. Their match against the Samoans pushed them to the limits and narrowly came away with the 32-26 win. It was a day for brothers last Friday night, with both George and Tom Burgess racking up 242m off 26 runs between them and Joel and Sam Tomkins nabbing four pointers. The Englishmen impressively completed 80% of their sets against Samoa and if they can continue on from that, Australia might have a serious problem on their hands. 

Coming into the Four Nations, the Aussies were outright favourites at $1.25, however last week’s shock loss has seen them ease out  to joint favourites at . It has been eight years since the English tasted victory against the Kangaroos, but with the Aussies still reeling, punters are taking a chance with England at the 1-12 margin . 

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