England showed class and character to recover from an 8-0 deficit to beat Scotland by a comfortable margin of 38-12 in the Ladbrokes Four Nations.
And they look appealingly priced to win the tournament at 10/1 as they head into the final group game against Australia. Here’s why.
Front men hitting their stride
England were edged out 17-16 by New Zealand in their opening game but it could’ve been a very different result had their front six fired in Huddersfield.
However, the Scotland game saw Bennett’s side really click in attacking areas, with the first of Elliott Whitehead’s two tries showcasing the neat passing and quick footwork this England pack possess.
Gale blowing opponents away
In high winds at the Ricoh Arena, it was fitting that Luke Gale was the man to combat the conditions with an excellent display, chalking up goals from five of England’s seven tries against Scotland.
With England losing to the Kiwis by a single point, and Australia edging David Kidwell’s men by just six, the games between the top three sides have been hugely tight affairs.
Gale’s composure and technique in front of the posts could give England the edge against Australia on Sunday – and in a potential final against the in-form Kangaroos.
Aussies may underestimate England
With England’s last victory over Mal Meninga’s men coming way back in 1995, it’s unsurprising the bookies fancy them to win again on Sunday – but Bennett’s men are a strong crop, with an excellent combination of strength, pace and awareness, ably led by captain Sam Burgess.
Playing at the stunning London Stadium, England could well be inspired to up their game even further after the superb comeback against the Bravehearts. Beat Australia this weekend, and that 10/1 for the hosts to win the Ladbrokes Four Nations will quickly tumble.
In the match betting, England are 3/1 to beat the Kangaroos in their final group game. We certainly look set for another tight encounter, with the 19/4 for the hosts to win by 1-10 points looking like excellent value.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing