It’s Rugby League Tips time as the Palmerbet Sports Team previews the third and final test between England and New Zealand.
02:15 (AEDT), Mon 12th Nov @ Elland Road
History: Played 17: England 8 v New Zealand 8 43 (1 Draw)
Last meeting: November 5th, 2018: England 20 def. New Zealand 14
Final Thoughts: England already has the three-test series wrapped up following their 20-14 win last week. Similar to the first test, England bided their time and made their run late. Outstanding defensively, the White Wall kept a surging Kiwis team to just six points in the first half. England was able to frustrate the Kiwis into errors and wrestle the series-clinching win from there.
HOW ABOUT YESTERDAY EH?!
An England classic and day to remember at Anfield 👌 pic.twitter.com/Lwo7xC8BZ1
— England Rugby League (@England_RL) November 5, 2018
England will be without Sam Tomkins, Daryl Clark and George Burgess for this one. However, Wayne Bennett has proven he can get the most out of whatever he his given throughout his time with England. So long as Josh Hodgson plays a role in the middle, George Williams orchestrates the attack, and the likes of Jake Connor and Tommy Makinson continue to produce moments of magic, England will deal with the injuries and suspension just fine.
If the result is to be any different this time around, it’s going to come from a change of approach from the Kiwis.
The Kiwis have started strong in both games so far. Had they taken their chances in the second test, they’d have gone into the sheds ahead by double-digits rather than at six-all. Instead, England hung on and made their move late to stanch victory in the final 20 minutes. For that reason, the New Zealand/England Half-time/Full-time result at $8 is worth having a look at.
If anything, the Kiwis are preaching too much patience. They’re plugging the corners and waiting for an England error. However, as Bennett teams tend to do, England has completed their sets at 83% in both games.
Another ripper Test. Bennett has done a really good job with England. They’re tougher and more resilient than they’ve been in a long time. Chuck Widdop and Burgess in there and they can match it with Australia.
— Nick Campton (@campo37) November 4, 2018
With the talent the Kiwis have in attack, they can run England off the field if they click. The only way they’ll know whether or not that is a possibility is by showing a little more intent with the ball in hand.
Johnson showed glimpses of what can happen when he runs the ball last week. If not for a Makinson try-saver, a Johnson goose-step and pass will have played a leading role in what should have been New Zealand’s second try. Joseph Manu could get his hands on the ball more too. He looked his most dangerous last week on kick returns after moving to the wing for the injured Jordan Rapana.
This Kiwis team shouldn’t go a third-straight week failing to crack 20 points if Michael Maguire makes the necessary adjustments.
We thought they might come in the second test – they didn’t.
If the changes don’t come in the third, the result will remain the same.