This week there’s no Rob, and barring a last minute injury there won’t be any Raiders either.
Having said that the football gods do have a sense of humour, and although Ricky tried to get Papali overlooked for rep duties by playing him out of position as a mediocre prop, that has just resulted in him being put on standby as a utility forward.
Back to the game. There have been 15 ANZAC tests. New Zealand won one in 1998 with Matthew Ridge as Captain. Australia has won the other 14…..usually by a lot. Having said that this is a very good New Zealand team on the rise that beat Australia twice in last years end of season four nations tournament (I don’t remember them either, I was probably watching cricket). Australia will be looking for revenge behind an in-form Jonathan Thurston, who missed last years four nations tournament along with nine other injured first choice players. But Australia may struggle without star fullback Billy Slater and will have to hope for a satisfactory outing from second string fullback GREG “MOTHERFUCKING” INGLIS! Sucks to be you New Zealand.
Big Three – Australia
Jonathan Thurston – is probably the best Rugby League player in the world right now. People are saying he is the best half of all time. I don’t know about that, but he’s probably better than Ricky was.
Cameron Smith – Australia’s Captain lead his inexperienced team admirably from the front in last years four nations tournament. Smith is an experienced campaigner and will be ready to lift as always for the early representative fixture.
Greg Inglis – Greg Inglis will do something like this
Big Three – New Zealand
Jesse Bromwich – Bromwich is the form prop of the comp. He weighs 110kg and averages 154m a game this season.
Isaac Luke – is an important part of New Zealand’s settled and young spine. If you need a Cameron Smith with no kicking game or ball playing skills and more homophobic slurs then New Zealand has hit the jackpot.
Shaun Johnson – Shaun Johnson has had a slow start to the season. But he can do this.
You Wot Mate?
You think New Zealand might win? You think Australia is too old? Age doesn’t matter when you are just better than someone else. New Zealand has a good team and should compete better than previous years but they won’t win. For them it’s one test with limited preparation and probably a couple of blokes missing in the UK to deal with as well. For Australia, it’s close to a full strength line up with a lot of great, experienced players ready to lift in the lead up to origin.
Australia wins comfortably scoring 186 points as a tribute to the Australian cricket teams triumph at the World Cup. Tim Sheens retires on a high leaving a vacancy for Australian coach. Ricky Stuart comes to the realization that Inglis, Cronk, Thurston and Smith aren’t signing for the Raiders and the only way he will be able to be successful again is by becoming Australian coach...again.