|Choc tells Poms to bring it on|
|Written by Glenn Jackson smh.com.au|
|Wednesday, 11 November 2009 07:37|
Anthony Watmough has vowed to use a slur from England's skipper Jamie Peacock as motivation for victory in the Four Nations decider.
Simmering tensions between the two Four Nations forward packs have boiled over just days out from the final at Elland Road, with Kangaroos second-rower Anthony Watmough vowing to use a slur from England's skipper Jamie Peacock as motivation for victory on Saturday, firing back that ''if they bring it, we're going to take it straight back to them''.
Peacock said New Zealand's forwards had been more physical than the Australians after England's clash with the Kiwis. And that has riled the Australians before the decider.
Asked if the forwards would use it as motivation, Watmough said: ''Definitely. Benny Hannant and Petero [Civoniceva] bashed them [when the two sides played in Wigan]. They stuck it to them. Why do you think Greg Inglis could do what he did? It was because of them two and Hindy [Nathan Hindmarsh] in the middle. They [the English] didn't even look like going through us in that first half at all.
''Physical? I saw him [Peacock] get put on his backside a few times. I think the boys will step up. What do you do? Take a backward step? Your credibility as a forward's gone. If they bring it, we're going to take it straight back to them.''
Watmough said his pack outmuscled England's forwards in Wigan and that Peacock was only attempting to niggle the players off the field - an accusation that has also been made against the English pack on it.
''You have to take it with a grain of salt,'' Watmough said. ''We got over them last time and they're probably just trying to say something to get a raise out of us … If we play to the ability of our team then we will win.''
The Australians have been privately fuming over a number of off-the-ball incidents in all three of their matches. Watmough needled the English further by claiming his pack won the battle even after four of the forwards had been taken out of play.
''I was concussed and didn't know where I was, Luke Lewis was concussed, didn't know where he was, Whitey [Brett White] didn't know where he was, and Gal [Paul Gallen] was concussed, too,'' Watmough said. ''There's four forwards that were pretty much taken out of the game because of concussion. With all four of us firing again I'm pretty sure it'll be a different game.''
Civoniceva said the Kangaroos still had far more to give than the English, adding: ''It will definitely be motivation but I wouldn't disagree with him [Peacock]. We really haven't played to our potential yet. I know that as a forward pack we've definitely got a lot more to give.''
Civoniceva and Watmough confronted England's biggest forward, the 198-centimetre, 121-kilogram Eorl Crabtree, at a joint press conference at the venue for the final, and the Queenslander remarked: ''He's a giant. I thought I was a big man, but if I'd have known I would have put the high heels on maybe.''
Australia received some ammunition in their attempts to have Shayne Hayne appointed to control the game after the NRL official was named international referee of the year on Monday in Leeds. That will make it hard for the three-man panel, England's Stuart Cummings, Australia's Robert Finch and New Zealand's Ian Mackintosh, not to give Hayne the final.