Do Or Die For Kangaroos

The Next Generation of Kangaroos need to step up on Sunday. Image courtesy of: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac)

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Australia v Samoa

WIN Stadium

Sunday November 9 – 3:05 PM (AEST)




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This Australian team could be the first one to miss an international final in 60 years if they fail to beat Samoa on Sunday (AEST).

Nobody could have imagined such a decline for the Kangaroos considering they have been the kings of international rugby league for more than half a century. A flogging at the hands of the Kiwis in the first week of the Four Nations and a narrow victory over the Poms last week means that they have to beat Samoa on Sunday, and do it comfortably, if they hope to scrape through to the final. Starting as $1.25 heavy favourites before the Four Nations, they are now sitting only just in front of the Kiwis , heading into this game at . The only change from the squad that beat the English last week is the starting of Maroons forward Josh Papalii, with Sam Thaiday reverting to the backrow to cover for the injured Beau Scott (hamstring). 

Samoa has become the biggest surprise of this tournament. Given no chance of  beating any of the other teams, they have only just lost to both England and New Zealand by a total of eight points. They may be huge outsiders to lift the trophy next week , but they have proved that rugby league in the South Pacific continues to grow stronger every year. Broncos duo Josh Maguire and Daniel Vidot have both produced first-class performances this tournament, totalling 92 tackles, 54 runs for 511 metres and two tries between them. Vidot is also firm favourite to score the first try for Samoa , and has garnered some attention to be the Top Try Scorer for Samoa in the tournament.

At the start of the tournament, everyone thought Australia would head into this match a sure thing. While they are heavy favourites, a majority of the money is coming into TattsBet for Samoa, with ten times the amount of bets being laid out for the visitors. Given this game might be closer than some might expect, TattsBet customers will no doubt be favouring the Aussies 1-12 . 

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