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‘We know everything is against us’: James Tedesco

13 Nov 22, 9:38AM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

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Aussie skipper James Tedesco says the Kangaroos are used to playing in front of hostile crowds in England and expect to have little support in the World Cup final at Old Trafford.

Australia have reached the decider after beating New Zealand at Elland Road.

The Kiwis received strong support amongst the crowd in Leeds, something Tedesco was unsurprised by.

“I felt that,” Tedesco said.

“We’re used to that over here. We know everything is against us. We’ll soak that up. We expect that.”

The Kangaroos captain described the classic semi-final against the Kiwis as like a State of Origin contest.

“It had an Origin feel about it,” Tedesco admitted.

“It was fast, end-to-end footy. It was an eighty minute game. We’ve had comfortable wins up until this game but that was a test match and we had to dig deep. I’m proud of the boys for how we did that, especially in the second half.

“We didn’t start how we wanted to but the way we fought back and worked for each other in that second half was really pleasing.”

The fullback says the Aussies will learn a lot from the tough semi-final victory.

“We will enjoy this win tonight,” he said.

“We have a week’s preparation for recovery and to get ready. We’ll learn a lot from this game. We dug deep, but we could have been better in some areas. We’ll take those lessons and be ready for another tough challenge.

“We’ll watch the game. They played each other in the first game and Samoa weren’t up to their best so they’ll come out with a point to prove but England have been playing some really good footy so they’ll be tough to beat, as will Samoa.”

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