The Australian Kookaburras will look to match their female counterparts and advance to the final of the Commonwealth Games when they take on England in the second semi-final. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 9:45pm (AEST).
Australia have been the form team throughout the tournament, not yet losing a match. While the quality of opposition in their first three games wasn’t anything to write home about, their last hit out was a positive one.
Taking on New Zealand, a team they have been challenged by previously, they moved ahead 2-0 in the game before conceding a late goal as the Black Sticks took their goalkeeper out of the game.
It was a great performance from the Kookaburras, who had dominated South Africa, Canada and Scotland before that.
Their defence has been at the top of its game, but it’s been their control with the ball which has allowed them to dominate as they have. They simply refuse to let their opposition into the game and it’s worked a treat.
England have also been strong, winning their first three games to book a spot in the finals, but their last-start performance against India was a little less convincing.
Their issues defensively were exposed, with the English team letting in four goals against one of hockey’s best up and coming teams.
While it was essentially a dead rubber group game and hard to take completely seriously, they will be concerned by their form out of that contest.
There’s a reason Australia are currently ranked the top team in the world. With England’s glaring issues in defence exposed by India, the Aussies, with home advantage, should make the most of it and take victory to advance to the final.
Australia 3 – England 2.
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Preview written by Scott Pryde.