Australia will meet Britain in the final of the Ruby League World championship in Brisbane on Saturday (18 June) and reigning world champions Australia are not as confident as they could be, despite as seemingly easy win over France on Saturday (11 June).
GV PAN: Australia (playing right to left, wearing dark shorts) score in Rugby League match v France.
GV PAN: Australia score.
GV: Australia score again.
GV: France (second half) touch down, but try disallowed.
GV: Australia score
GV: France score
GV: Australia score
REPORTER: "If anything stands out in the first 10 or 15 minutes of this match it's been some pretty poor defence from both sides. Here's a chance for Australia, Graham Eadie with the ball, Eadie has run right around Deegar (phonetic) being chased by Bourret, Eadie going for the line, Bourret in to tackle, but Eadie is over....tackles running out, almost to half way, Raudonikis calls for it, he has cleared outside throws, a long pass, it went out to Fitzgerald, to Cronin, he got it away to Eadie. Here's another chance for Australia as it gone out to McMahon. McMahon is almost pushed into touch, throws a pass infield, and it's gone to Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald going for the corner, dives over to score. One thing about Billy Thompson with his scrums, he might take a little bit of time getting them orderly, but he looks for all things. What's the use of putting down a scrum if all you are going to do is award a penalty from it, you might as well ensure its a clean scrum anyway from the first point, he looks at nearly every aspect, he makes sure the defending half is standing behind the pack, as this scrum now is won by Australia, and Rod Reddy takes p[ass from Raudonikis, he got it out wide to Graham Eadie. Eadie's gone right through and this is try number two for Eadie, a simple try.
Played back now, and Strats (phonetic) again, he throws a bad pass, Guide (Phonetic) picks up, and he's going to kick off his left foot the ball going straight forward, Frenchmen racing for the ball, Moyard (phonetic) on the far side, but I think he was in front of the kicker, he's gone over in the corner, but no try' says Thompson. Played back now to Raudonikis. It goes out to Peard, He's going to attempt to bomb here, racing for the ball guide (phonetic) he's out of position, it boundes, comes back Australia's way, and McMahon will score. Plays the ball back Emberre (phonetic) out to Allar, Allar (phonetic) a little kick over the top he follows it through, it bounces well and Carl (phonetic) has it, gets it out towards Luskiavec (phonetic)and he scores. Thomas pushes off one player, throws a loose pass to McMahon 10 metres out from the touchline, is caught there by the defence, with Rodrigues (phonetic) coming in quickly. Australia's ball, Veivers on the burst, and Veivers over the line, an easy try to Greg Veivers.
SPORT: RUGBY LEAGUE.
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Background: Australia will meet Britain in the final of the Ruby League World championship in Brisbane on Saturday (18 June) and reigning world champions Australia are not as confident as they could be, despite as seemingly easy win over France on Saturday (11 June). Australian coach Tony Fearnley was critical of his team's performance, saying they allowed the standard of their game to drop in the second half. ABC commentators were at the Sydney Cricket ground for the game.