Australia To Turn On Style in Four Nations Final

The two super powers of international rugby league collide at Anfield on Sunday in the final of the Four Nations but their routes to the final could have scarcely been different.

Sunday 20th November - 2.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Australia v New Zealand    
Tips Australia to win with -10 handicap     Best Bet @ 10 / 11  
Australia total points over 28.5 @ 15 / 8  
First tryscorer - Valentine Holmes  @ 13 / 2  

Australia have rarely had to hit the heights in wins over Scotland, New Zealand and most recently England. In contrast, the Kiwis were held to a draw by Scotland, scraped past England by a point and were lacklustre against Australia, flattered by a 14-8 scoreline.

While the organisers would have been hoping that England could have made the showpeice game in Liverpool, it was hard to see any other combination of finalists before the competition started. England were tipped to improve under supercoach Wayne Bennett but yet again they have fallen short when it mattered.

Mal Meninga's team of NRL superstars have not been seriously tested in this tournament and they play with the kind of efficiency which suggests they have an extra gear if needed.

With the holy trinity of Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston forming the spine of the national side as they do for Queensland, the Kangaroos have an air of invincibility like the great touring teams of the 1980s.

New Zealand's key player Shaun Johnson has only shown flashes of his attacking genius and he needs to be totally switched on if the Australians are going to be seriously tested.

Sam Thaiday is missing for Australia after breaking his cheekbone and eye socket against England on Sunday. Shannon Boyd or Jake Trbojevic will replace him in the pack.

For the Kiwis, Thomas Leuluai is missing after suffering a broken jaw against Scotland last Friday.

One can't help but feel that this is the chance for the Australians to put on a show against the Kiwis who have made a habit of upsetting them in big games down the years.

Australia v New Zealand Match Betting

Australia are 2/9 with Bet365 for the win with the Kiwis 7/2 with SkyBet. A draw at the end of normal time is 25/1. In the handicap market, Australia are 10/11 with BetFred with a -10 handicap. For a HT/FT Aussie double, you can get 1/2 with SkyBet. If Australia click, a total points bet of over 28.5 at 15/8 looks attractive with Paddy Power.

Australia v New Zealand First Tryscorer

Cronulla Sharks winger Valentine Holmes can be backed at 13/2 to open the scoring for Australia with Blake Ferguson available at 9/1. For the Kiwis, Jason Nightingale at 16/1 looks an attractive price with Paddy Power as does Shaun Johnson at 19/1.

Posted: Tuesday, 15th November 2016
Author: Mark Taylor

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