Live on Skysports 1: Sat 04.30: England look to avoid the Four Nations wooden spoon against PNG while NZ face Australia.
Following the 34-14 defeat to Australia, England face Papua New Guinea looking to avoid the Four Nations wooden spoon and as they are priced at 1/100 by Ladbrokes, it’s fair to assume that Steve McNamara’s men will run out comfortable winners and secure third sport.
However, England will just want to get home now after a disappointing tournament and it’s hard to see their heart really being in this clash so backing them in the handicaps when starting 32-points in arrears , at 10/11 with Stan James, looks a touch risky. The Kumuls meanwhile, are limited but game and they scored a dozen points against New Zealand, so they’re marginally more appealing in at 10/11 (Paddy Power) when handed a 34-point head start.
The Kiwis and Australia warm up for next week’s final with by facing off in Auckland and although the Kangaroos are 4/5 favourites at Totesport, New Zealand could shade this one; a result Ladbrokes offer at 6/5. However, Tim Sheens’ side should still win the competition outright, they’re 8/15 (Betfred) to lift the trophy next week at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.