Kangaroos vs England: 2013 Rugby League World Cup live scores, blog

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    Australia's Luke Lewis, left, is tackled by England's Michael Shenton during their Four Nations Final rugby league match. AP Photo/Jon Super)

    The 2013 Rugby League World Cup kicks off with a blockbuster as Australia takes on traditional rivals England at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Join us for live scores and commentary from 12.30am AEDT.

    Australia once again approaches another Rugby League World Cup as the raging-hot favourite, given the amount of class they possess at their disposal.

    England however represents one of two major threats to Australia’s chances of securing another world cup trophy, the other of course being reigning champions New Zealand.

    England’s preparation for tonight’s contest however has been far from ideal, with a loss to Italy and player misconduct threatening to derail their world cup campaign before it even begins.

    Key players James Graham, Gareth Hock and Michael Mcllorum have all been controversially omitted from the squad to face the Kangaroos.

    Graham’s omission in particular is startling to say the least. He has become a key cornerstone of the Bulldogs pack in the NRL and is rightfully rated as one of the best props in the world.

    Given Australia’s strength in the forwards, England really need to start their best forwards if they hope to keep the Kangaroos from establishing territorial dominance.

    Thankfully, England do possess South Sydney quartet the Burgess brothers, with Sam, Tom, George in particular all in line to play against Australia.

    If the Burgess brothers and Kevin Sinfield in particular can play strongly tonight, then England do possess the muscle upfront to challenge Australia.

    New Dragons recruit Gareth Widdop will also need to fire in attack if England hope to post enough points to secure victory tonight.

    The key to England’s chances of victory tonight will revolve around their ability to maintain discipline.

    England can ill-afford to give away cheap penalties against a Kangaroos outfit that possesses an infinite amount of firepower across the park.

    Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith, Johnathon Thurston, Greg Inglis, Darius Boyd and Brent Tate will put England to the sword if they are gifted opportunities to attack close to the line.

    A fast start from the Kangaroos must also be avoided if England hope to cause the upset.

    If Australia races out to a 10 point lead or so, then the Kangaroos will most likely go on and register a convincing victory.

    An opening try to England however could very well see this match turn into a real arm wrestle.

    While a competitive contest should be expected, the class of Australia’s backline should see the Kangaroos start their world cup campaign with a win.

    Australia by 12.

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    • 3:53pm
      junior_hupigo said | 3:53pm | ! Report

      Missed the opening ceremony on local EMTV in PNG. But thanks for telecasting of the opening game. I thought Aussies were lucky to win this game. I thought they played one of their worse games in RLWC.

    • 3:10am
      Johnno said | 3:10am | ! Report

      Aiden Guerra is good, roosters player grabbed 2 tries , good runner he’s better than Brett Tate, he’ll be in a roo jersey and blues jersey next year.

      • 8:40am
        Bigjohn said | 8:40am | ! Report

        Guerra was born in Cairns and went to school in Townsville according to his player history, so he is more likely to be seen in a Queensland guernsey. And Tate may have his off days, but he would still be the first one I would pick for any team.

        • 8:54am
          Adsa said | 8:54am | ! Report

          The only thing Guerra would do with a blue jersey Johnno is use it if the toilet paper ran out.

    • 2:59am
      eszkal said | 2:59am | ! Report

      Someone said that Millenium Stadium would be sold out.
      I think it was not, it was only a 3/4 full stadium.

      I don’t understand why they had moved this match to Wales, Manchester or London could have been better location for the opening England match

      • 3:05am
        james said | 3:05am | ! Report

        wales and England bid for the RLWC together so Wales needed one of the big games.

        also it was never rumored to be sold out. I only ever hear sales in the 40-45k range.

      • 3:09am
        Colin McCann said | 3:09am | ! Report

        Yes, that was a pretty big crowd but far from the hype. Most of the third tier, maybe half of the second tier was empty. Even the first tier seemed a little sparse. If we’re being honest it was probably to trying and get Welsh fans to care. With the November internationals coming up that stadium will be full for those games and most of the public will have forgotten this game though, so I’m not sure that was such a smart move

        • 7:28am
          Crosscoder said | 7:28am | ! Report

          Seeing Cardiff City Council put some of their hard earned to get the Opening Ceremony there,and the Welsh rl team was hardly expected to set the world on fire,and the fact the game was on Tv ,couple with the fact the exposure it engendered,I doubt one could call it,not a smart move.It was more a brave move,which has paid off financially for the RLWC.

          What the November Internationals for ru in a ru dominated area ,has to do with a decent crowd of 45,000 in a rl event, is beyond me.Other than to do another ru code spin.

    • 2:44am
      Johnno said | 2:44am | ! Report

      bring back the shoulder charge then game is perfect

    • 2:40am
      Johnno said | 2:40am | ! Report

      this singer is hot. England have some players to comeback James Graham, and a few others kangaroos are no certainties to win the tournament. Not a big Tim Sheen coach fan. he had great teams at canberra, best RL team just about ever at club level, or right up there. Yah he won a title in 2005 with west tigers, but not much after that. Aussies could be a bit fitter.

    • 2:39am
      bjt said | 2:39am | ! Report

      This Farah experiment needs to end. It is no coincidence that Australia lost all its momentum when he came on.

      We’ve got to stop mucking around and play the game properly, which means not pandering to nsw affiliations and putting the best team on the park.

      • 2:41am
        Dan said | 2:41am | ! Report

        I agree. But similarly we shouldn’t put guys like Tate in just because of his Origin appearances. Jennings has been a far better player all year and deserves to show how effective he came be on the next games

      • 2:44am
        james said | 2:44am | ! Report

        I’m a massive Tigers fan but I agree. it’s unnecessary and he is taking the spot of a forward which is really needed.

        • 3:13am
          JP said | 3:13am | ! Report

          It annoys me that Sheen’s is tinkering with the spine. (Slater,Smith,Cronk ,Thurston) These guys know how to win games and have played around each other for nearly a decade.Why introduce some sort of super play with Farah? Keep it simple right? If it isn’t broken don’t fix it. I agree also with Johno, It bothers me that this queensland dominance in origin is creating this necessity of nsw players having to be involved in every aspect unnecessarily. It’s asif they are trying to prove that their is no factions within the squad…

      • 5:55am
        Raugeee said | 5:55am | ! Report

        +1 what a joke. No offence to Farrah but momentum just stopped when he came on. Smith is an 80 minute player and the Captain/. DCE is a perfect replacement player who would be fine at dummy half if Smith is injured. We should’ve blown England off the pitch.

    • 2:37am
      Dan said | 2:37am | ! Report

      Not a bad slog in the end, even if the English follwed the script a little too closely in wilting again (not that I mind haha).

      What I will say is the back three need to start positioning themselves better on the fifth tackle so they can take the ball on the full, Cronk should go for Cherry-Evans (who has a better kicking game) and Jennings should come in for Tate. Tate was reasonably solid, but was caught napping a couple times and his failure to contest the banana kick cost us.

    • 2:34am
      Roarsome said | 2:34am | ! Report

      hahahaha commentary gold ” I’m really looking forward to this game, Wales Versus …..um…..ahhh….Italy” Yep, you sound pumped.

    • 2:32am
      Samo said | 2:32am | ! Report

      Well done Australia too classy for the poms. That was a very ordinary playing surface and the poms remind me of the roosters lots of holding in the tackle.

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