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Four Nations Previews - Week Three
England v New Zealand
Sudden death. Winner meets the Kangaroos in the final. A draw puts New Zealand into the decider. This Saturday, KC Stadium in Hull will play host to a ferocious encounter between the defending 4 nations /World Cup Champions, and an ever-improving English side. With the home crowd at Wembley Stadium cheering them on last week, the Poms gave Australia everything they could handle and could have caused a huge upset, according to the UK commentators, if not for the referee.
This weekend, they will need every bit of fortune to overcome a peaking Kiwi outfit. Peaking, as they always do, at the back end of a tournament when the trophy is on the line. That is enough for most punters to get behind them and with injury clouds hanging over the likes of Ellis, Peacock and James Graham; this could see the end of the Lions' tilt to assert themselves as a Rugby League power. Benji and Kieran Foran have a day out.
Tip: New Zealand 30-14
Australia v Wales
The Kangaroos have guaranteed themselves a place in the 4 Nations final and been given a portion of the week off to rest before this match against Rugby League minnows, Wales. Fingers crossed that tourists from this Australian squad avoid soaking up a little too much atmosphere while on holidays. Coach Tim Sheens may find it difficult to motivate his men for this one so you could see a spirited start from the Welsh.
Once this opening explosion from the underdogs has settled down, look for the Australian forwards to aim up, rip in, tear away and finish strongly. You don't realise how many catch phrases and clich