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26/10/13: World Cup Game 1 - Australia v England

Who will win?   111 members have voted

  1. 1. Who will win?

    • Australia by 13 points or more
      44
    • Australia by 7 to 12 points
      18
    • Australia by 1 to 6 points
      3
    • Draw
      0
    • England by 1 to 6 points
      22
    • England by 7 to 12 points
      17
    • England by 13 points or more
      6

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As much as some people on here moan about McNamara, the squad selections chosen on this thread show how hard a job he has. 7 teams selected, 7 different selections, and all with valid and reasonable inclusions/exclusions.

No matter what team he goes with he will get it wrong in 90% of people's opinions.

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That's my point, start with Sinfield at hooker. 6 and 7 need to be on the field at kick off and stay in those positions; continuity brings understanding and organisation to the party, something, which interchanging those KEY positions doesn't.

 

Don't disagree with Sinfield at hooker with Chase and Widdop in the halves. 

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As much as some people on here moan about McNamara, the squad selections chosen on this thread show how hard a job he has. 7 teams selected, 7 different selections, and all with valid and reasonable inclusions/exclusions.

No matter what team he goes with he will get it wrong in 90% of people's opinions.

He got his squad 100% wrong with all people on here (seems that way)

Where will McNamara go from here after he is sacked after the World Cup? Will any super league club want him or will he have to put up with a job on BBC??

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He got his squad 100% wrong with all people on here (seems that way)

Where will McNamara go from here after he is sacked after the World Cup? Will any super league club want him or will he have to put up with a job on BBC??

He'll join the armchair coaches on here.

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Don't disagree with Sinfield at hooker with Chase and Widdop in the halves.

This must be a joke! England have so much talent at Hooker. Why would he play there? Our centres aren't up to much, maybe he should play there.

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He'll join the armchair coaches on here.

I don't coach from my armchair! My computer chair is where the magic happens

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Nothing, nothing makes me as tense as an impending England/GB match against the Kangaroos, even if they aren't the Champions! :fie:

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He got his squad 100% wrong with all people on here (seems that way)

Where will McNamara go from here after he is sacked after the World Cup? Will any super league club want him or will he have to put up with a job on BBC??

Firstly I doubt he will be sacked - regardless of what people on here think of him his only competitive losses have been against NZ and Aus and last time we played NZ we beat them convincingly.  In the same tournament we lost to Aus by 16 points (conceding 12 in the last 7 minutes, and having a perfectly good try disallowed), and Aus again where we were equal on points until the 57th minute.

 

In 2011 we weren't far behind the Aussies at all, and much better than the kiwi's

 

Secondly, the processes and structure McNamara has implemented over the past 3 years are second to none.  Whilst team selection is always going to be controversial, you can't fault the preparation

 

If we don't win the tournament it's because we are not good enough.

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Tomkins

Charnley

Hardaker

Watkins

Hall

Widdop

Chase / Burrow

Graham

Roby

G Burgess / Hill

Westwood

S Burgess

Sinfield

Burrow / Chase

Mossop

Hock

Hill / G Burgess

Josh and Zak are big buddies off the field and Watkins and Hall are clubmates and I feel it is important to have centre/wing combinations that know each other to get the best from them. I think it is also important to have genuine half-backs choosing between Chase and Burrow and either could be used to spell off Roby. I don't think O'Loughlin is fit enough yet to play the Aussies.

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Is the opening ceromeny not been shown then?

Would like to know as I already said BBC coverage starts at 2 but the OC starts at 1:30 doesn't it?

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Is the opening ceromeny not been shown then?

From the TV schedule times, no, but I'd expect them to show a few highlights in between interviews during the build-up.

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Premier Sports coverage starts at 1.30pm, whereas the BBC give only 30 mins build up. Disappointing as team news and National Anthems will take over half of that.

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I'm not sure of my exact 17 for Australia, and am not that fussed based on our squad. I think it's a great squad and until injuries hit, I think we'll put out a very strong 17 no matter what. If I had some "musts", it would be for Slater, Inglis, Hayne and Jennings to be in the backline, leaving the remaining wing to whoever. Also for Fifita to play, but I think Sheens will do all this anyway.

 

When Shenton went off back in 2009 England collapsed not so much because of the loss of  Shentons skills but the re shuffle made the team a basketcase and open to Australia's attack.

You need a versatile Bench player that can cover the backs for injuries or a player like Luke Lewis or Bird that is comfortable in the Forwards or backs.

Picking a Bench player only for one role could be a disaster.

Actually, the flood gates had opened before Shenton got injured. Two tries were conceded down his side in the space of about 7 minutes or something like that before he went off, and that simply continued without him there. Something some people also forget is that the Kangaroos also lost a centre in Hodges that game. Kidley slotted in seamlessly, which backs your second point.

 

And the English need to forget about 2011. Every nation is putting out different teams, with players in different form, 2 years later. Trying to grasp onto "positives" from a 30-8 loss back then is completely irrelevant.

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Tomkins

Charnley

Hardaker

Watkins

Hall

Widdop

Chase / Burrow

Graham

Roby

G Burgess / Hill

Westwood

S Burgess

Sinfield

Burrow / Chase

Mossop

Hock

Hill / G Burgess

Josh and Zak are big buddies off the field and Watkins and Hall are clubmates and I feel it is important to have centre/wing combinations that know each other to get the best from them. I think it is also important to have genuine half-backs choosing between Chase and Burrow and either could be used to spell off Roby. I don't think O'Loughlin is fit enough yet to play the Aussies.

I like this team except I'd opt for Burrow over Chase.

I'd start Hill and bring on Gurgess as an impact player. I'd also put Ablett on the bench as utility cover for 3/4's and second row. 3 impact forwards on the bench and a utility. Sinfield and Burrow can cover dummy half if Roby needed a rest or got injured.

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I like this team except I'd opt for Burrow over Chase.

I'd start Hill and bring on Gurgess as an impact player. I'd also put Ablett on the bench as utility cover for 3/4's and second row. 3 impact forwards on the bench and a utility. Sinfield and Burrow can cover dummy half if Roby needed a rest or got injured.

As a fellow ventriloquist's dummy, I suggest a drinking game - one gottle of geer every time a Gurgess takes to the field. :P 

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Come on England!

We're a worse team than they are, however we try to shuffle what we've got. If we can find a way to defend in the centres we can keep this respectable.

My hope is that, even if we lose we get close enough to them to give us sufficient hope to sustain us till the semis by which time the final will have been long sold out.

Tbh, I am much less concerned about an ultimate England victory than about the success of the tournament itself. If you gave me a choice I would go with the latter, as that could transform our game forever - let's be credible, generate money for a proper International Federation and attract some sponsors.

Please god (candles lit) we exorcise the ghost of Melbourne...

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When Shenton went off back in 2009 England collapsed not so much because of the loss of  Shentons skills but the re shuffle made the team a basketcase and open to Australia's attack.

You need a versatile Bench player that can cover the backs for injuries or a player like Luke Lewis or Bird that is comfortable in the Forwards or backs.

Picking a Bench player only for one role could be a disaster.

I note that you state we cannot afford Ablett as that signifies to the opposition that we are merely playing a defensive role with such a selection. Conversely you relate to Shenton leaving the field in 2009 and the defensive structure going to pieces and on that you are very correct, but what is the point of having a poor defender (Cudjoe) who has already been taken to the cleaners- twice in one game- by Luke Lewis and has consistently proven naive in his defensive role when faced with stong opposition, which in the case of any centre or second row that OZ will select will be the case.

Hardacre has some pace and tackles with a better attitude and force than does Cudjoe, who admittedly can do well at times with the ball in hand, but unfortunately V OZ we require our centre's to be good defenders primarily and in Cudjoe's case that is apparently not so.

Ablett I think should get a subs place if only for the fact that he can effectively cover for the backs and in the pack and, if players are to chosen on their most recent form, then again Ablett should surely get consideration over most.

Tomkins

Charnley

Watkins

Hardacre

Hall

Widdop

Sinfield

Graham

Roby

Hill

Westwood

Burgess (S)

O'Loughlin

Burgess (G)

Burgess (T)

Burrow

Ablett

I reluctantly leave out McIlorum as with Burrow and Sinfield out there, there will be enough cover for the hooking role and I think Ablett offers better with his ability to cover for both the Backs and the forwards.

I have previously given my reasons for the Burgess's all three and their inclusion also that applies with Graham and Widdop too. I shudder at the thought of Cudjoe V the Aussies and hope he is not selected, which I am sure will prove a very weak link for us if he is.

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Would like to know as I already said BBC coverage starts at 2 but the OC starts at 1:30 doesn't it?

Yeh it does I'm sure I heard before that it was on the red button the opening ceromeny but not to sure that why I asked, it should be on its things like this that annoy me because this World Cup shaping up to be really good but things like this should be better.

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I'd go for:

Sam Tomkins

Josh Charnley

Kallum Watkins

Leroy Cudjoe

Ryan Hall

Gareth Widdop

Kevin Sinfield

James Graham

Michael Mcillorum

George Burgess

Ben Westwood

Sam Burgess

Sean O Loughlin

Rob Burrow

Tom Burgess

Lee Mossop

Gareth Hock

Sinfield captain so he's got to be in there. Hopefully his slow distribution at first man doesn't hold the team up to much. I'd rather have him in than Chase though because at least he provides some direction and construction to our play. Playing off the cuff will lead to silly errors, and being beaten by Aussie pressure built up over time. We need to give the ball to Widdop as much as possible when we are in the oppositions half. Let Sinfield direct the team and kick us out of trouble but when it comes to the opposition's half the main man should be Widdop unless we are looking to put a 5th tackle kick.

James Roby hasn't particularly done much all season due to injuries and I don't think he has justified his place. Then again I said the same thing about Mcillorum. (We have left our best two Hookers out the squad) At least one thing Mcillorum will do is get in their faces. At the start of the game every tackle has to be a big hit. Get the shoulder right in try and dislodge the ball with the impact at every opportunity. Mcillorum will be much better for this. I'm hoping Westwood, S Burgess ect really get under the Aussies skin early on and try and dominate the Aussie pack. We don't just want to tackle them, we need to aim to either send them back 5m or dislodge the ball via impact in every tackle especially in the first 10 minutes.

The back line picks itself in my opinion based on form all season. Briscoe shouldn't be in the squad. Hardaker is not a centre but instead an outstanding back up full back. If Ablett is picked at left centre we may as well stick Ben Westwood on the wing. Tomkins is without a doubt our biggest threat.

The bench has impact written all over it. Burrow needs to scoot as much as possible. Win cheap penalties and easy metres. Tom Burgess against a tiring Aussie pack will make good metres and give George a rest. Hock with his head screwed on and not spitting his dummy out is arguably the best back rower in the world. If we get him focused and doing a job for the team he is unplayable. Mossop is just on the bench as a rotation prop to give other players a rest but most certainly will do a job.

Come on England.

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2 x scarfs have arrived in the post - look out for the two idiots (the girlfriend and I) twirling these around are heads on the front row of U10. C'mon England!!! :D

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In L6 near bottom though, hoping one of Aussies gets smashed into touch near us, hopefully by Cudjoe, prove his worth ;)

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