Burgess optimistic about Kiwi clash

England stalwart Sam Burgess claims England have a great chance against New Zealand on Saturday – as long as they keep hold of the ball.

The reigning champions haven’t stumbled once en-route to the semi-finals, brushing off Samoa, France, Scotland and Papua New Guinea in fine style. However, they are yet to face a real challenge.

“You’ve always got to have belief,” Burgess told Sky Sports.

“We’re not cocky or anything. We respect the Kiwis 100 per cent. We’ve got to work very hard. They are the reigning world champions. They’ve got some unbelievable players in the team.

“So we’re going to have to be at our best to win I think. Anything short of that and we probably won’t get the game. We’re aware of what’s at stake. We’ve got to do everything we can to prepare our best for the weekend.

“The game plan is keep hold of the ball. Theirs will be the same. The more we turn it over the more chance we’re going to give them.”