Chase: We can beat the Aussies
Half-back Rangi Chase is convinced the Australians can be toppled in the World Cup and is hoping England get the chance to prove it.
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Although disappointed with his side's opening 28-20 defeat by the Kangaroos at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, Chase believes there were enough positive signs to give them encouragement in the event of them meeting again.
Australia's victory clears the path for a straight-forward run to the November 30 final while a runners-up spot in Group A would put Steve McNamara's men on course for a semi-final showdown with holders New Zealand.
The situation would have been reversed had England been able to consolidate a 10-0 lead in Cardiff, but the tournament favourites ran in four tries in an ultimately-crucial 18-minute spell either side of half-time to avert an opening-day shock in front of a 45,052 crowd.
"It was an awesome occasion, with a big stadium and good atmosphere," said Chase, "It was just a shame we didn't win.
"It was a bit disappointing. We threw it away."
Storming performances by Warrington prop Chris Hill and the trio of Burgess brothers helped England catch the Aussies cold under the Millennium Stadium roof but the class of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Johnathan Thurston told in the end as the visitors ran in five tries to four.
"We troubled them with the ball," said Chase. "We've got some big boys and some of them are hard to handle but defensively we've got things to fix up.
"We believe we can beat them but we made mistakes at crucial times. A couple of times we let them off the hook. We can take some positives out of it but we let the pressure off at crucial times. If we clean up a few small things, we'll go close to beating anyone."
After enduring a difficult preparation, with a humiliating defeat to Italy followed by a host of disciplinary issues, England's encouraging performance breathed new life into their campaign.
Their thoughts now turn to Ireland, their next group opponents at Huddersfield on Saturday, and Chase insists there is no chance of England taking the minnows for granted.
"Every game in this competition is going to be tough," he said. "You saw that last week with us. We didn't turn up against Italy and we lost."
England will discover on Monday if Sam Burgess will be available to face the Irish after being put on report for a high tackle on Australia second rower Sam Thaiday in the second half of Saturday's game.
If a specially-convened match-review panel decide to press charges, the South Sydney prop will face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.