Shearer leads Australia as hot favourite in TAG world cup
FORMER NRL referee legend and TAG World Cup chief Bill Harrigan has declared the Australian open men's team as the hot favourite to take out today's final at Sunshine Coast Stadium and endorsed local Jackson Shearer as the man to help them do it.
Australia has won all seven of their matches, scoring 145 points in the process including a 36-0 win over the Philippines and a 23-0 win over Greece.
Their defence has been outstanding with the men in green and gold letting in just 14 points.
Harrigan said Shearer, the son of rugby league legend Dale, had been unstoppable for Australia.
"He's killing it," he said.
"He scored at least three tries which were just out of brilliance on his own.
"He can play."
Harrigan said Australia looked on course to successfully defend the World Cup.
New Zealand will likely pose the biggest threat to the host nation's aspirations, but Harrigan was very impressed with what he saw from Australia.
And with 10 NRL Grand Finals, 21 State of Origin Matches and 25 Tests to his name, Harrigan is more than capable of passing judgement.
"The open men are on fire, they were brilliant," Harrigan said.
"I saw one bloke throw a 25 metre pass and hit the winger at full speed before he burned off the runners to score an awesome try.
"They can win this."
Harrigan said the Australian open women's team were also playing extremely well.
"They are hot favourites to win it too," he said.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand open men's team is undefeated having scored 49 points with 23 points scored against them.
AUSTRALIAN MEN'S TEAM
- Have won all seven matches
- Have scored 145 points
- Have let in just 14 points
- Are the defending World Cup champions