Kangaroos prop Matt Scott in action against the Kiwis in the Four Nations clash in Coventry.

Scott wary of England's big men

Kangaroos prop forward Matt Scott isn't used to being the smallest man in the middle of the field, but the North Queensland hard man says it's something he's had to get used to while in the UK. 

Listed at 185cm and 109kg, Scott is pound-for-pound one of the most formidable forwards in the game, but even those numbers pale in comparison to some of his teammates and opposition players. 

That will certainly be the case this weekend as Scott and the Kangaroos take on a monster English pack fighting to keep their Four Nations hopes alive. 

"I'm dwarfed against all of these sides – even in my own team with Woodsy (Aaron Woods) and big Klem (David Klemmer) and big Shannon Boyd," Scott said. 

"The England pack is enormous; that's obviously where there strength lies. 

"They're big, but they're fit and mobile and can move the ball around a little bit too. No doubt that's where they'll be looking to play us – through the middle – so it'll be a good test for myself and the other forwards."

According to the Cowboys co-captain, the key to shutting down England's go-forward will be the Kangaroos' ability to attack through their defence.  

"For us it's about working as a pack. We've had a big focus on defence this tournament, especially around our line speed and our work from marker," he said. 

"The best way to handle the big boys is to try to get up on them quickly, but to do that we've got to win the first couple of tackles and limit their momentum through the ruck because we're coming up against a desperate side."

Teammate Boyd Cordner said trying to stop an English pack own their own turf would be a mighty challenge, especially considering the hosts must win if they want to reach the Four Nations final.

Cordner identified Sam Burgess as the main man in England's pack, but said it would be foolish to pay less attention to the other 12 players on the field.  

"They've got a really good team coached by Wayne Bennett and they need to win so it's going to be a tough game," Cordner said. 

"Led by Sam Burgess and his brothers, they've got some quality strike out wide with their edge back-rowers as well. They're a quality team all over, and playing them over in England is going to be harder again. 

"Sammy Burgess is one of the best players in the game, so any team with him in it is a pretty class side.

"They've got so much threat all over the park. They've got some classy outside backs that can finish off tries, so stopping their big men will go a long way."

 


On the back of wins over Scotland and New Zealand, Cordner said the mood around camp was high but admitted there were a few areas they had to address if they wanted to finish the pool stage undefeated. 

"We're pretty happy with some of the footy that we have been playing, but then again it's been a little bit scrappy with some errors and some stuff around disciplinary issues," he said. 

"Other than that, that's easy to fix up. It's just going to take another week of training, and there's no better opportunity than to put it all together against England."