Wayne Bennett’s England side are now around 1/2 to beat Tonga in next Saturday’s World Cup Semi Final and to reach a 1st Final for 22 years . The Wall of White last contested the final in a home tournament in 1995 , losing 16-8 to Australia , and the bookies think they can make it 4th time lucky in Auckland 6 days from now to set up a final against probably Australia in Brisbane on December 2nd .
The layers give the Tongans around a 4 point start on the handicap and they are around 6/4 to beat England , odds last week suggested Tonga would be favourites for the semi final but an untidy performance against a Lebanese side , who England comfortably beat, has seen the English installed as favourites . No side outside the big 3 of Australia , New Zealand or England (GB) has made a World Cup Final since France in 1968 . England set up the semi final clash with a 36-6 win over Papua New Guinea in Melbourne earlier today .
The Green and Gold are unbackable at around 1/20 to beat New Zealand’s conquerors Fiji in the 1st semi final on Friday . Fiji get around a 24 point start on the handicap for the game in Brisbane .
Australia are clear 1/6 favourites to lift the trophy with England around 7/1 , Tonga at 12/1 and Fiji outsiders at 25/1 .