Australian press the latest to point out Phil Gould’s comments and backlash

Last week, controversial Australian pundit and Canterbury Bulldogs chief Phil Gould stirred the pot ahead of yesterday’s World Club Challenge.

When asked what the score would be, he stated that Penrith will be able to “declare” at halftime.

He said when asked “Panthers by how many?”: “They should be able to declare by half time.”

A bold statement to say at the expense of Super League’s four time reigning Champions who have built a dynasty like nothing else seen in the world of modern rugby league.

Gould made headlines in the World Cup when he said England “can’t” beat Samoa in the World Cup only for England to defeat Samoa 60-6.

However, he was eventually proved right when Samoa beat England in the semi-finals at the Emirates Stadium.

But this time he has eaten his words at halftime giving St Helens credit after halftime as they lead 10-0 at the break through Jack Welsby and Konrad Hurrell tries.

He said on Twitter:

“St Helens playing much better to the conditions. Look far more comfortable in the battle. Panther look disjointed and struggling to put plays together. Saints defence is bustling and resilient. Panther needs to improve to get out of this. St Helens in control.”

Saints did nearly blow it with the Panthers fighting back but a Lewis Dodd drop goal in extra time won the game for the Super League Champions.

Gould has reacted on Twitter congratulating the Saints:

“Well done St Helens. That’s a mighty victory. Beat Panther to the punch early. Defended their lead with pride. Terrific stuff. Panther looked clunky but no excuses. They had months to prepare. St Helens too good on the night. Great result for Rugby League.”

Now St Helens star Alex Walmsley has hit back at Gould with a tweet saying: “Get that into you Phil Gould.”

Meanwhile, St Helens hilariously quote tweeted his comments last week with the simple caption: “hmm.”

Now Jonny Lomax has been the latest player to hit back at Gould.

Lomax took to Twitter to say thank you for the team talk:

“Cba finding the Phil Gould comment to reply. Great team talk.”

To Gould’s credit, as he did with Walmsley’s tweet, he reacted to Lomax’s tweet.

He said: “Pleasure. Well done son. Great win.”

Now his error in judgement has been highlighted by the Australian press.

Multiple publications down under have run pieces about his bold and very off the mark prediction about the World Club Challenge.

The Daily Telegraph is one. The story is penned by Phil Rothfield who has his fair share of disagreements with Gould in the past.

He highlighted that this was not the first time that Gould has made an off the mark prediction around an English team with Rothfield highlighting that he said England “can’t beat Samoa” at the World Cup days before the 60-6 win over them.”

Code Sports likewise did a piece dedicated to his blunder.

To their credit they acknowledged that many had written off the Saints before yesterday’s game.

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