Rugby League World Cup: Australia coach Tim Sheens targets fine margins

Last Updated: 11/11/13 7:51am

  • Share:
Tim Sheens: plenty of work to do

Tim Sheens: plenty of work to do

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Tim Sheens is fine-tuning his Australia side's game ahead of the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Tim Sheens is fine-tuning his Australia side's game ahead of the knockout stages of the World Cup.

A 50-0 win over Ireland in Limerick on Saturday night ensured the Kangaroos finished the group stages with a 100 per cent record.

After a 28-20 victory over England, they saw off Fiji 32-2 and then the Irish, giving a warning to the United States ahead of their quarter-final clash in Wrexham next weekend.

And Sheens thinks their improvements are coming owing to a studious approach to fine margins.

"We are happy. We set ourselves some goals and the boys achieved them. Our kick-chase game was excellent and that was what we really worked hard on this week," Sheens said after the nine-try rout at Thomond Park.

Asked if he had been using plays he had reserved for the last eight, he added: "There's a bit of that. We played nice and tight but got a little bit excited near their line in the first half.

"We weren't worried about a score, even though we put a score on them, but at the end of the day it was about making sure we were disciplined and making sure our kick-chase is there for the bigger games."

Rotation

The coach has rotated his pack over the last fortnight and Saturday night's win was achieved in the absence of Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Matt Scott and Jonathan Thurston.

Inglis and Thurston are almost certain to return, meaning that Daly Cherry-Evans - excellent against Fiji and Ireland - may have to drop to the bench.

Sheens had admitted that he has given himself a headache but was quick to reject suggestions his men have been given an easy ride in the group stages.

"They have broken a sweat, don't worry. It's a little harder than it looks I think you'll find," he said.

"We had some timing issues (against Ireland) and I blame myself for that because I have changed the halves, had two full-backs and given the halves a couple of runs. They're as cranky as hell about that and I know they're all competitive.

"But we have led our pool and I think we can play better, we will improve that. We have got here and played well as a team."

  • Share:

Related

2013 Rugby League World Cup

Rugby League World Cup hailed greatest

Rugby League World Cup hailed 'greatest'

This years' Rugby League World Cup has been hailed as the greatest of all time by the organisers. Australia claimed their 10th title by beating New Zealand in the final in front of a record attendance.

Nigel Wood: Encouraged by the large attendances at 2013 World Cup

Wood wants lasting legacy

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood is confident the sport will capitalise on the success of hosting the World Cup.

Australia: The winners of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and the team of the tournament

RL World Cup review

We take a look back at the highs and occasional low from probably the best World Cup to date.

Most Popular

Features

RL World Cup review

RL World Cup review

We take a look back at the highs and occasional low from probably the best World Cup to date.

A Final Prediction

A Final Prediction

Sky Bet's rugby league expert previews the World Cup Final and where the money is going.

Final: Key Battles

Final: Key Battles

The 2013 Rugby League World Cup final promises to be one of the most exciting ever.