Our predictions for the Rugby League World Cup in 2022 continue with an accumulator that has odds of almost 9/1 and includes the quarter-final matches.
After a large number of matches in which only one team prevailed during the group stage, the intensity is expected to rise significantly now that we have advanced to the knockout rounds.
Lebanon +42.5 points vs Australia @ 17/20
After cruising to victories over Fiji, Scotland, and Italy in Group B, Australia remains a hot favorite to complete a hat-trick of title triumphs, but they did often tend to feed off errors in those matches. Despite this, Australia remains a hot favorite to complete a hat-trick of title triumphs. Lebanon’s loss to New Zealand was relatively close, coming in at 22 points, and they followed that up by easily dispatching of Ireland and Jamaica. We have high hopes that the Kangaroos won’t be given any easy tries in the game against Huddersfield on Friday night thanks to the fact that Mitchell Moses, an outstanding halfback for Parramatta, will be in charge of their kicking game.
Papua New Guinea is giving up -22.5 points to England at 5/6.
The home team’s performance against Samoa, which they won by a score of 60-6, was as impressive as it gets, and they went on to defeat a spirited France team by 24 points, despite the fact that they never quite reached the same heights. During England’s rout of Greece by a score of 94-4, wing sensation Dominic Young scored four more tries, and England’s forwards have been fired up throughout the entirety of the tournament so far. PNG will be battle hardened after two close contests with Tonga and the Cook Islands before beating Wales 36-0, but we fear that the Kumuls will be simply overpowered up front in Wigan on Saturday afternoon. PNG will have been battle hardened after two close contests with Tonga and the Cook Islands before beating Wales 36-0.
Fiji +30.5 points vs New Zealand @ 4/5
The New Zealand national rugby union team scored 150 points while only allowing 28 to be scored against them in World Cup Group C. Despite this, the Kiwis did not exactly set the World Cup ablaze with any of their performances. Lebanon, Jamaica, and Ireland were never able to give the Kiwis any trouble. Although New Zealand demonstrated that they are capable of being clinical in their approach to capitalizing on opportunities to cross the whitewash, their goalkicking left a bit to be desired, which is something that could prove to be extremely important when attempting to cover a start such as this one. Because Fiji has a few players who are considered to be of an elite level, most notably Viliame Kikau and Maika Sivo, they should have no trouble reaching double figures in Hull on Saturday night.
Tonga to beat Samoa @ 8/13
Before the competition began, Samoa was a shorter price than Tonga in the outright betting, but after opening with a heavy loss to England, they drifted like a barge and are now a longer price than Tonga. Even though they defeated Greece and France in impressive fashion, we believe that they still have a lot of explaining to do in Warrington on Sunday.
Head coach Matt Parish had predicted that his team would get better as the tournament progressed, and he was right. Tonga defeated the Cook Islands by a score of 92-10 after Jason Taumalolo served his suspension and returned from suspension.
As a result, Tonga has been given the nod to advance to the semifinals of the Rugby League World Cup for the second year in a row according to our predictions for the 2022 tournament.
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