Hall confident in squad

Bet on Super LeagueLeeds Rhinos winger Ryan Hall believes that England have what it takes to defeat defending champions New Zealand when the two sides meet in the semi-final of the Rugby League World Cup on Saturday (New Zealand 2/5, Draw 22/1, England 2/1 – Match Betting).

England (8/1 World Cup outright) secured their date at Wembley with a convincing 34-6 victory over France last Saturday but Hall expects a much tougher test from the Kiwis.

The southern hemisphere outfit have been in impressive form since the start of the competition brushing aside all challengers in both the group stage and the quarter finals.

Hall is currently the tournament’s top scorer with eight tries in just four games but he knows that it will come down to a team performance rather than individual brilliance.

The winner of Saturday’s semi-final will seal a place in the final at Old Trafford against either Australia or Fiji.

Hall said: “When taking on New Zealand we have to make sure that we play to our strengths.

“We know what we can do and perfecting that is something that we are looking to achieve. You cannot go and introduce new things and change the set-up just to suit their capabilities.

“Having watched them throughout the tournament it is clear that they come out and start very quickly, looking to put early tries on the board. You only have to see that they are the highest scoring team in the competition to know just how good they are.”

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