England are through to face Australia in the rugby league World Cup final, but not before Tonga almost pulled off a dramatic recovery in a dramatic ending to Saturday’s semi-final. Tonga were out to 50/1 in-running as they trailed 20-0 going into the final 10 minutes, but three tries got them to within touching distance of their opponents in a frenzied atmosphere in Auckland, and they almost nicked it on the final play, only for referee Matt Cecchin to rule Andrew Fifita had knocked on before touching down.
The Pacific Islanders were heartbroken when Cecchin opted against consulting the video referee, and England were into this week’s final, for which they are 7/1 shots with Paddy Power against the defending champions. The imperious Wallabies have scored 204 points and conceded just 16 as they bid for an eighth title in the last nine World Cup tournaments.
|All odds quoted are subject to change|