Great Britain picked up injuries in the comprehensive 38-12 victory over the
Kiwis last week in Huddersfield. Paul Deacon and Paul Wellens have both been
ruled out after picking up injuries. Mark Calderwood was drafted into the
squad but he isn't in the squad. Kevin Sinfield should make a return to the
seventeen on duty this week. Leon Pryce will move to full back and Richard
Horne will start at halfback on his home ground.|
Great Britain: L Pryce (Bradford), B Carney (Wigan), M Gleeson
(Warrington), K Senior (Leeds), G Raynor (Hull), I Harris (Bradford), R
Horne (Hull), S Fielden (Bradford), K Cunningham (St Helens), A Morley
(Sydney Roosters), J Peacock (Bradford, capt), P Johnson (Bradford), K
Sinfield (Leeds), M Higham (St Helens), L Gilmour (St Helens), J Thackray
(Hull), G Ellis (Leeds), C Walker (Leeds).
Australia meanwhile were comfortable 42-12 winners over the French at the
Stade Aime Giral in Perpignan last weekend and they make a couple of changes
to the side that was victorious in Wigan a fortnight ago. Penrith half Craig
Gower starts in place of Scott Prince and Trent Barrett takes over from the
injured Darren Lockyer at stand off. In the pack Steve Price has been
dropped, Jason Ryles promoted into the run on side and Trent Waterhouse gets
his place on the bench. Wayne Bennett has named 18 players with it being
between Price and late call up Craig Wing for a place on the bench.
Australia: A Minichiello (Sydney Roosters); M King (Melbourne), M Gasnier
(St George Illawarra), M Cooper (St George Illawarra), B Tate (Brisbane); T
Barrett (St George Illawarra), C Gower (Penrith); P Civoniceva (Brisbane), D
Buderus (Newcastle, capt), J Ryles (St George Illawarra), L O'Donnell (North
Queensland), C Fitzgibbon (Sydney Roosters), B Kennedy (Manly).
Interchange (from): S Prince (Wests Tigers) or C Wing (Sydney Roosters), T
Waterhouse (Penrith), M O'Meley (Canterbury), W Mason (Canterbury).
Now its Maths time;
If Australia win it will be an Australia v New Zealand final.
If GB win by one or two points it will be an Australia v New Zealand final.
If GB win by three to eight points it will be an Australia v Great Britain
If GB win by nine points or more it will be a Great Britain v New Zealand
For a lot of these Australian players it could be their last opportunity to
tour this country with the 2006 Tri Nations scheduled for down under, a full
UK 2007 tour by the Kiwis and the World Cup in Australasia in 2008 and the
Kangaroo squad want to go leave this country with a bang. Its going to be a
close game with all the pressure on Great Britain to produce the result to
take them through to the final. A final without Great Britain could have
serious financial implications for the success of the tournament. Its going
to be close, last time the teams clashed at the KC a late penalty and field
goal from Brett Kimmorley broke British hearts in the second Ashes clash in
Hopefully I'm going to put the kiss of death on the Australians by tipping
them top win 20-12, I just don't think some of the British guys will have
enough petrol in the tank and with the possibility of some players going
into the game carrying injuries I think its just too much of a risk for
Brian Noble to take.
The game is nearly sold out, reports seem to indicate that there are less
than 3000 tickets left yesterday, to ensure your place contact the RFL
events line on 0870 990 1313 or contact the box office at the KC Stadium.