ENGLAND captain Jamie Peacock has described the fans that turned out at Huddersfield’s Galpharm Stadium to cheer on England to a 20-12 victory against New Zealand as ‘awesome’ and called for a massive crowd to turn out for Saturday’s final.
A vocal crowd of 19,390 created a superb atmosphere inside the Galpharm as England, thanks to two tries from Peter Fox and one from Kyle Eastmond, set up a Gillette Four Nations Final against Australia at Elland Road.
“The crowd were awesome,” said Peacock. “They’ve been great for us and they need to be great for us again next week.
“If we can get 30 or 40 thousand inside Elland Road and get them behind us it’ll be fantastic.”
As well as praising the supporters, Peacock was also full of praise for his teammates who helped defeat the World Champions. He also called on Tim Sheens and his Kangaroos side to not just respect England’s forwards but also their backs.
In the build-up to the previous week’s game at the DW Stadium, which England lost 26-16, a whole host of Australian star players, including Billy Slater and Jarryd Hayne admitted they knew lots about the likes Adrian Morley and Sam Burgess but nothing about England’s back line.
“I think the Aussies should respect all our players,” said Peacock.Š“We’ve got a great team.
“The backs have been great as have the forwards.ŠIt’s been a real team effort from everybody.
“The Kiwis are a good team, but now we’ve got the Aussies. We want to go and get them.
“It’s for us to go and perform next week and build on our previous performances.”
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