It’s Rugby League tips time as Palmerbet Sports Team previews the second of three tests between England and New Zealand.
01:30 (AEDT), Mon 5th Nov @ Anfield
History: Played 16: England 7 v New Zealand 8 43 (1 Draw)
Last meeting: October 28th, 2018: England 18 def. New Zealand 16
Final Thoughts: Having beaten the Kiwis 18-16 as underdogs in the first test, England enters the second swallowing the points again at $2.14 and +2.5.
It’s another surprise considering the form of the English over the last 12 months while the Kiwis have played one good game since the group stages of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
The English pack was able to handle everything the Kiwis threw at them in the first test. Wearing them down and waiting for their moment, England made the most of it as Oliver Gildart scored what was the game-winning try with 12 minutes to play.
Could watch this try on loop for ever 😍😍😍
— England Rugby League (@England_RL) October 28, 2018
Despite all that, our traders like New Zealand to level the series at one-all.
As $1.70 favourites, the Kiwis are expected to learn from their mistakes and come out firing at Anfield early Monday morning.
The glaring issue that will surely be corrected was their lack of intent in attack last week. It was minimal, at best. For all the metres their forwards generated, the Kiwis didn’t ask enough questions of the defence. A strong kicking game allowed them to force England to play out of their own half. In that area, the Kiwis dominated. But when given the chance to attack close to the line themselves, the Kiwis left too many points out on the field.
As for England, they need more out of Josh Hodgson this week.
He’s one of the best hookers in rugby league but didn’t show it in Hull. With a few question marks around the halves, Hodgson did spend some time at first receiver. However, England’s best chance at victory is for Hodgson to dominate from dummy half. From there, Sam Tomkins, George Williams and Jonny Lomax can act as the spine for another England win ($2.14).
Using the first test as a measuring stick, the Kiwis appear to have a higher ceiling than England for this series. If England weren’t missing so many due to injury, it may be a different story. Nevertheless, with the foundations New Zealand laid last week and the expected adjustment to the gameplan, they look good to come out and level the series.