Cueto eyes Test upset

England wing insists victory is possible against Australia

Last Updated: 09/06/10 6:01pm

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Mark Cueto is expecting a tough contest when England face Australia on Saturday, but insists that his side have a great chance of victory.

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The Sale wing is likely to feature in the first Test in Perth after not being included in the shadow side that drew 28-28 with the Australian Barbarians on Tuesday.

And although Cueto realises that England will go in as underdogs against a Wallaby side enjoying home advantage, he is remaining quietly confident.

"If everyone produces a 100 per cent performance on Saturday then we're definitely capable of winning the game," he told Sky Sports News.

"It's going to be tight and we don't expect to get the upper hand in any area particularly, but if we do then happy days.

He added: "There's no point going into any game without believing that you're going to win.


"You've obviously got to appreciate who you're playing and respect who you're playing and we respect the Aussies massively, particularly out here in their own back yard.

"But from out point of view things are looking good."

Australia may choose to start with James O'Connor at full-back for the contest in Perth after the 19-year-old scored 25 points, including a hat-trick of tries, for the Barbarians on Tuesday.

Cueto is hoping that the teenager will not recreate that performance should he be included in the Test side, although he is well aware that the Wallabies have several similar weapons in their arsenal.

"He had the game of his life last night so hopefully he's got that out the way and he won't play as well on the weekend," Cueto added.

"But he sums up the flair, the skill, that sort of free-flowing rugby that the Aussies love."

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