Wow, what a great start to the Four Nations! We were treated to some exciting rugby league with the usual big hits, skill and pride as players represent their country.
It was a double header in Brisbane with England and Samoa getting the Four Nations started. Many wouldn't pick Samoa as a dangerous team, but against England they were pretty good with the likes of big Mose Masoe and Josh McQuire being very hard to stop. The big Samoan crowd gave their boys a big boost but it wasn't enough to help them win with England too good, 32-16.
Samoa didn't have the play makers to be able to control the game like the English but they did have Pita Godinet who was awesome at hooker. England were able to compete with the big Samoans thanks to having the Burgess twins and James Graham in their forward pack but it was Gareth Widdop and Sam Tomkins who England's best.
The Kiwis, how about the Kiwis! They defeated the Kangaroos 30-12 with the Kiwis starting the Four Nations with a very good performance. The Kangaroos lost both Greg Inglis and Daly Cherry-Evans to injury early on in the game, but the Kiwis forward pack were too big, too strong and too powerful.
Shaun Johnson had a great game at haflback while Kieran Foran did a good job beside Johnson. Johnson gives the Kiwis some explosive attack but Foran gives them a solid option, together they form a great combination.
The best thing for the Kiwis was their forward pack. Their forwards have more skill than you and I as well as being far more athletic. They aren't just fat boys who run straight, they can step, they can pass and they can off load. This gives the Kiwis an edge as they charge through the middle and then their backs can have some fun.
Awesome start to the Four Nations, we love international rugby league so hopefully it stays this way!