Kearney eyes England upset

New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney witnessed first hand England’s capabilities and believes that they can upset the odds by turning over Australia in the Four Nations final next Saturday at Elland Road (Australia 1/7, England 4/1 Tournament Outright).

England led 8-0 at half-time thanks to Tom Briscoe’s try but further tries from Ryan Hall, James Graham and Sam Tomkins secured the comfortable win, while man-of-the-match Kevin Sinfield kicked six goals from six attempts.

There was plenty at stake as both sides needed the victory to seal a final berth, having both lost to Australia, but losing coach Kearney believes that England have a chance of revenge against the Kangaroos after a ‘complete’ performance on Saturday night.

“It was a real complete performance from them and they fully deserved the victory. They were very, very good,” Kearney said.

“We went a bit away from the structure and game plan, and discipline was a bit of an issue against a very disciplined English side.

“I think England can go into the [Australia] game with some real confidence.

“It’s going to be a big ask but if they stick to what they did tonight, I’m sure they’ll give Australia a real run for their money.”

England have been on the end of some real hidings against Australia losing 46-16 in Leeds two year ago, although they put up a spirited performance against the Roos in a 20-36 defeat two weeks ago at Wembley.

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