Millward: It's Aussie rules

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: October 13 2012, 9:43 BST

Castleford coach Ian Millward previews Saturday's Test match between Australia and New Zealand and fancies the home side.

Brett Morris: Can cross for Australia again

Australia v New Zealand (+12)

The first thing to make clear is this game will be played in very hot and humid conditions up in Townsville, North Queensland which could have a huge bearing on the result.

The New Zealand pack is much bigger than their Australian counterparts and includes some real man mountains but they could struggle if the weather forecast is correct.

Australia have Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith from the Premiership-winning Melbourne side in their ranks while New Zealand call on five players from losing finalists Canterbury.

I'd expect the home side to play in much the same style as the Storm did, throwing in Jonathan Thurston alongside Cronk to dictate matters with their kicking games and ball control.

I think Australia will have too much for New Zealand here, they have great firepower with the likes of Greg Inglis in the line-up and can cover the handicap.

This is a one-off Test and won't have the same intensity as a Tri-Nations or a World Cup match so I can see plenty of points, especially as some of the players haven't been in action for four or five weeks and can be expected to be rusty.

As for the other markets, I make both the Morris brothers morals to score any time. Brett has crossed for 11 tries in ten international appearances and Josh is inside him at left centre. They can both have big games and for those looking for a first try-scorer bet, Brett looks a good price with Sky Bet.


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