Gallen plays down ‘invincibles’ tag

Australia forward Paul Gallen believes it is too early for the current squad to be compared to the ‘invincibles’ side of 1982 as they prepare for Saturday’s World Cup final against New Zealand (Match betting – New Zealand 5/2, Draw 20/1, Australia 1/3).

The Kangaroos have been in impressive form in the tournament so far, displaying a solid defensive line as well as a dynamic attack which has allowed them to ease into the final at Old Trafford.

Tim Sheens’ side vowed to tighten up defensively after conceding four tries in their opening match against England at the Millennium Stadium on the opening day.

Australia (3/10 World Cup winner outright) lived up to their promise by keeping their line intact for the next four fixtures to win them all to nil.

Many have compared this current crop of players to the side of 1982 which emerged unbeaten from a tour of England, defeating Great Britain, Leigh, Bradford Northern and Cumbria.

However, Gallen says their toughest test is still to come as they try and dethrone the current world champion’s New Zealand.

Gallen said: “It’s way too early for that.

“Maybe if we win, you can draw comparisons.

“At the end of the day, if we don’t win this weekend, this tournament hasn’t been a success.

“Apart from 20 minutes against England, I guess we’ve been pretty good. Obviously against England and Fiji we were challenged a little bit, the rest of the games I suppose we won pretty easily.”

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