Watching the final at my sister’s house with half a dozen sports fans – some of whom were into rugby union and none of whom knew much about league – I prepared them for the worst: “We will be 18-0 down at half-time so enjoy the build-up” etc. They were at first intrigued, asking questions and seeking rule clarifications, but by the second half they were voicing opinions and, like me, absolutely gripped.
The Kangaroos have won all their preliminary matches, hardly breaking sweat. They are playing in front of their home crowd at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, the spiritual home of the Australian game, a ground they all know inside out. Their opponents should just be glad to be in the final, to enjoy the experiences, to indulge themselves in the pomp and ceremony of the occasion, and to lose with dignity. Their challenge has been swatted away again and again, the upstarts sent packing every time.
A couple of days before playing in a World Cup semi-final, England know their fixtures for this time next year but are in the dark about who will be in charge of the team. Head coach Wayne Bennett’s contract runs out after the World Cup but, if he lifts the Paul Barrière Trophy in his home ground in Brisbane next Saturday, he might think it is the perfect ending.
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Selecting a term
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