Despite my criticism of the coach & the halves combination, the thought of the semi final is now really revving me up - we have a great chance.
BUT we have to compete for the full 80 & we have to get off to a fantastic start
It's going to be a long week.............
I am looking forward to this game immensely, but do I think we will be victorious NO, Our players on the whole are neither collectively or individually (given the odd exception) are of the quality of their opposites, and I would also say that our 3 year old game plan administered by our coach will bring no surprises to NZ, after all they have seen it performed by his teams as everyone else has for the last 3 years, so no surprises there.
Quite a lot of people pre-tournament were waxing lyrical of how we now had some guys experienced in the NRL, playing in pressure situation each week - which is good, but by my reckoning it totals some 7 years, that being between the three Burgess boy's and Graham, hopefully that experience could be added to with the inclusion of Widdop but I somehow doubt that he will be employed has that contradicts the 3 year plan.The Kiwi's are completely au-fait with the pressure and intensity that this game will bring and that will also add to their armoury.
Some posters on this site have also suggested that the Kiwi's will run out of steam in the second half, do they honestly believe that or is this in my opinion clutching at straws looking for a weakness to exploit? Hopefully the English boys will grow an extra arm and leg in their quest for victory, but so till will the Kiwi's, it's their crown to lose and I am sure they will not be relinquishing it quietly.
If I selected a team including 4 subs that had to be chosen from the two squads, my only inclusions from the English team would be, Tomkins, Hall, S. Burgess and Roby with the latter 2 staring on the bench.
Like I said I am really looking forward to the game and over 80 mins who knows what will happen, hopefully we will be victorious and those in opposition to my opinion can hang me from the highest yardarm, but somehow I doubt that I will be taking much flak.