RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP FINAL PREVIEW WITH ADRIAN LAM

The Rugby League World Cup is just a few sleeps away and it will be watched by viewers all over the world…from Australia to New Zealand and back to Australia.

A handful of people not at the game may watch it in England, but I’m fairly sure soccer has that market covered.

For all the viewer(s) of this game, it will be worth watching.

Just because there will be more viewers watching Home and Away than this final at 1am AEST, doesn’t take away from the fact that Australia and New Zealand are the two best nations in the world and the amount of talent on display in this game will be truly mind blowing. If you prefer reality TV, this game will have that element anyway. If you like Dancing with the Stars, watch Greg Inglis’ footwork. If you like the X Factor, Billy Slater will be on display (and probably at 3am in the morning). If you like Australia’s got Talent you will see Paul Gallen do things which shouldn’t be humanely possible. 

Australia should win, but they should have won the last Rugby League World Cup. They didn’t.

The Australian cricket team should have beaten Bangladesh in 2005 , but they didn’t. At odds of 150-1, Greece were given no hope to win the 2005 Euro Championship- but they did. England were meant to beat the US in the 1950 World Cup Soccer tournament and with 20 shots on goal to one they should have. But they lost 0-1.

The Kangaroos have more attacking weapons than a US Naval ship in a Cuban Canal and can truly score from anywhere on the field. New Zealand have Rugby League Player of the Year, Sonny Bill Williams and Shaun Johnson who broke the hearts of the English last weekend and has done the same to many NRL teams.

Who will win? 

While I have watched over 600 NRL games from a couch (Terry Lamb and Steve Menzies have never done that and I don’t care that they’ve been playing) and played 102 games of touch football for the Ratpack, I’ll leave the analysis of this game to someone with slightly more pedigree than me.

Adrian Lam, who played 14 Origins and captained eight for Queensland, 11 internationals for PNG, 147 games for the Roosters, 107 games for Wigan, made and captained the ‘Rest of the World team’ against Australia, was one of the Assistant Coaches to the victorious Dragons in 2010 and is the current coach of the Papua New Guinea Kumuls, sheds some light on who he thinks will win this game.

“This final will be won through Australia’s halves combination of Cooper Cronk and Jonathon Thurston, as they just have too many skills, which can’t be ignored. Jarrod Hayne and Greg Inglis are on the edges and they are two of the best attackers in the game, currently. Games are definitely won with the pack moving forward, but these four players will win the game for Australia.

Adrian believes “the Kiwis just need to be patient. They have a pack which is not only massive, but incredibly mobile. If they bide their time there may be some gaps in the middle around the edges which the likes of Sonny Bill can exploit

“Australia will win this final. They lost the last one and this will definitely be on their mind. They want to make amends and will be desperate”. 

Lam thinks Australia’s sensational pivot, who wears his trademark headgear, Jonathon Thurston, will be the man of the match and the final scoreline will be 24-16, to the boys in green and yellow!

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One thought on “RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP FINAL PREVIEW WITH ADRIAN LAM

  1. Timely.

    From: THE HALFWAY MARK IN SPORT Reply-To: THE HALFWAY MARK IN SPORT Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2013 02:29:33 +0000 To: Daniel Hutton Subject: [New post] RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP FINAL PREVIEW WITH ADRIAN LAM

    THE HALFWAY MARK IN SPORT posted: “The Rugby League World Cup is just a few sleeps away and it will be watched by viewers all over the worldfrom Australia to New Zealand and back to Australia.A handful of people not at the game may watch it in England, but Im fairly sure soccer has that “

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