Rugby League World Cup: Semi-final handicap betting tips

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We’re continuing our Rugby League World Cup betting tips by taking a look at the semi-final handicap markets Down Under, with a 5/2 double the target.

There have been plenty of surprise results during the tournament, but we reckon the cream will rise to the top now we’ve reached the business end of proceedings.

Australia to beat Fiji by more than 24.5 points @ 17/20

The Kangaroos have been clinical in defence as they look to retain the trophy on home turf, conceding just 10 points in four straight wins.

In the last couple of matches, Australia have crushed Lebanon 34-0 and Samoa 46-0, with Valentine Holmes racing in for five tries in the quarter-final romp.

Fiji upset New Zealand 4-2 in a tight tussle in Wellington, but the Kiwis were already short on confidence after losing to Tonga in the group stage and it will be much tougher to keep out the awesome Aussies.

England to beat Tonga by more than 4.5 points @ 19/20

England made too many mistakes for Wayne Bennett’s liking when facing Papua New Guinea in the last eight but still had enough in hand to prevail 36-6.

The athleticism and power of their forwards paved the way for that success and we reckon they will again be too mobile for a big Tonga pack in that department.

Tonga are assured of fanatical support in Auckland and have played with great pride during this event, but there was a touch of good fortune about their 24-22 defeat of Lebanon last weekend.

Kristian Woolf’s side had previously come from 16-2 down to beat New Zealand in the group stage but may just be running out of steam.

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.