Wigan’s New Zealand international Thomas Leuluai is tipping England to beat Australia in next Saturday’s Gillette Four Nations final at Elland Road.
The Warriors hooker or half-back believes England will be unstoppable if they can stage a repeat of their performance that earned them a 28-6 victory over the Kiwis in yesterday’s winner-takes-all clash in Hull.
“I’m definitely going for England,” he said. “If they play like that and complete the sets like they did, they definitely have a chance of winning. They’ve got a great forward pack who dominated and, if they do that again, they’ve got a big chance.”
New Zealand, who beat Australia in the 2010 final, went into their final group game as favourites but, after having an early try by Kieran Foran disallowed for offside, were rarely in the match.
They briefly threatened a fightback when Jason Nightingale touched down but England finished strongly to maintain their supremacy in these fixtures.