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Summary

  1. Click the live coverage tab to watch the match again
  2. FT: England 32-26 Samoa
  3. Shenton, Watkins, Farrell, J Tomkins, S Tomkins tries for England
  4. Widdop five conversions and a penalty
  5. Liu, Vidot, Godinet (2), Winterstein tries for Samoa

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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England 32-26 Samoa

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England 32-26 Samoa

Robbie Hunter-Paul

Former New Zealand international on BBC Two

"I was really impressed by two of England's debutants - Josh Hodgson and Daryl Clark. Both added something to the forward pack. Australia and New Zealand will now do their homework on both hookers."

England 32-26 Samoa

England now have a week to focus for the Aussies, but that tear up against the Samoans is the best preparation that they could have hoped for. Remember, Steve McNamara's side had not played together in almost a year since they were kicked out of their own World Cup by the New Zealand. There's nothing quite like the real thing, is there? Said someone. Once.

England 32-26 Samoa

Jamie Peacock

Former England captain on BBC Two

"England were looking much better in the second half but Samoa clawed their way back into the game. The 50 extra tackles in the first half had sapped the energy out of England.

"England will get things right and there is nothing like getting live action in a game. They will know where they need to improve. The way they kicked the ball today was a positive."

England 32-26 Samoa

Robbie Hunter-Paul

Former New Zealand international on BBC Two

"The game hinged on the Joel Tomkins' try which was analysed and analysed by the video referee.

"I think it was a try. The ball went backwards. Someone saying that if you drew a line then it might have not have. But in real time it looked like a try."

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Robert Butterwick: Tough test but won all the same, #Samoa played well #FourNations #bbcrl

Michael Keating: That was more exciting than it needed to be. Great second half from Matty Smith and Chris Hill #4Nations #BBCRL

Marc Bazeley: Well, that was definitely worth getting up for. Wonderful advert for #rugbyleague #bbcrl #4Nations

England 32-26 Samoa

Kevin Sinfield

Former England captain on BBC Two

"After 60 minutes it was 22-20 and England found a way to win - that is the positive for me. I never thought it would be that pretty but the kicking game very good and the desire to get a result was fantastic."

Full time

England 32-26 Samoa

Tom Burgess
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It was nervy. It was energy-sapping. But England showed courage and character to edge over the finishing line to nick the win they needed. It means they start the Four Nations with a vital victory. Next up? World champions Australia.

Full time

England 32-26 Samoa

And that is just about that. England run through three tackles, then Gareth Widdop boots out the ball as soon as the final hooter goes. Relief all around for the England camp.

England 32-26 Samoa

Another Samoa set. It's last chance saloon. Two tackles to go - but there's England skipper James Graham to grab back possession. Phew!

England 32-26 Samoa

But back come Samoa! Joey Leilua looks like he could well be in down the right flank, kicking towards the England try line before regaining possession. The boot of Ben Roberts sends Samoa left but England pair Josh Charnley and Kallum Watkins combine to snuff out the danger.

England 32-26 Samoa

Brian Noble

Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

"Be boring England. Well done."

England 32-26 Samoa

Wigan half-back Matty Smith has impressed on his England debut and plays some more smart rugby, with an inch-perfect kick, to relieve the pressure on his side. The ball is back in Samoan territory - exactly where England want it.

England 32-26 Samoa

Five minutes for England to hold on. Five minutes for Samoa to level. Tense. Very tense.

Ben Roberts smashes another high kick towards the England try line. And it is comfortable for Sam Tomkins to gather with few Samoan numbers putting him under the cosh.

England 32-26 Samoa

Josh Charnley
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More Samoa pressure, another Ben Roberts bomb. England winger Josh Charnley awaits underneath it - superbly gathering under pressure, before returning the ball with interest.

Bobby Rooney: Watching all the way from Moscow, and what a start this will be! See it out ENgland and bring on the Aussies! #bbcrl #4Nations

England 32-26 Samoa

Ian Millward

Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

Mose Masoe of Samoa is tackled
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"The Samoans, they will not lie down will they?"

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England 32-26 Samoa - Winterstein try

England fail to pressure Samoan kicker Ben Roberts as the ball goes out to the left touchline. Winger Antonio Winterstein gathers and scatters English pair Josh Charnley and Kallum Watkins to barge over.

But Kyle Stanley slices wide the conversion from the left touchline. How costly could that be? The two points would have left Samoa another converted touchdown away from victory.

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England 32-22 Samoa

It is not game over yet! Samoa trundle over the line but we go upstairs again to find out whether it was a legal touchline. Looks good to me...

Former England international Tulsen Tollett: Why does it take so long to make a decision that obviously looks like a try? Incredible...#bbcrl #4Nations

England 32-22 Samoa

Brian Noble

Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

"Here you go, there were question marks over the England half-backs, saying they can't do this and that, but they have kicked well today. The difference in the last 10 minutes has been the kicking game."

CONVERTED TRY

England 32-22 Samoa - Tomkins try, Widdop con

Sam Tomkins's underwear is revealed as he stretches out for the line - but he is not the one left embarrassed. That's Samoa full-back Tim Simona for his juggling act. The video referee awards the try and Gareth Widdop boots over the sticks. That's six from six for the England half-back.

Oh, and black briefs. Tomkins is wearing black briefs for anyone who is interested...

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England 26-22 Samoa

Another high bomb from Matty Smith causes all sorts of panic in the Samoan defence. Full-back Tim Simona makes a complete hash of his gather, allowing Sam Tomkins to take advantage.

England 26-22 Samoa

Great pressure from England as they win back possession. Scrum-half Matty Smith closes down Samoan kicker Ben Roberts to force his opposite number into a heavy touch.

Dan Short: Honestly, that should be no-try for England because Joel Tomkins was offside as the kick is played. #4Nations, #BBCRL, #FourNations.

England 26-22 Samoa

Ian Millward

Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

"We come back to the last two kicks. Ben Roberts's was poor but Matty Smith created pressure. It is such a vital part of the game. If they can control the ball, England can win because Samoa were ahead emotionally there. There is plenty of time on the clock."

CONVERTED TRY

England 26-22 Samoa - Tomkins try, Widdop con

Joel Tomkins
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Nope. Shenton's contribution, as he leapt into the stuffy Brisbane air to gather Matty Smith's high kick, went backwards rules the video referee. Joel Tomkins scooped up the loose ball to put England back ahead. The decision is greeted by Samoan boos before Gareth Widdop, you won't be surprised to hear, makes no mistake with the kick.

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England 20-22 Samoa

The video referee is earning his corn now. We go back upstairs after England second rower Joel Tomkins touches down. Was there a knock on from Michael Shenton in the build up?

England 20-22 Samoa

Brian Noble

Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

"England are getting caned around the ruck at the moment, the speed of the Samoans is far too fast at the moment."

England 20-22 Samoa

Ian Millward

Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

"What happens when you lose the ruck is that you need to tighten up the defence. It is twice now that they have gone the wrong way. They need to squeeze up because it was the last play. Two fundamental defensive errors has cost England. The crowd are humming behind Samoa now."

England 20-22 Samo

Brian Noble

Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

"Pita Godinat has had a wow of a game. He has changed their structure and the way they are playing since coming on. England need to compose themselves and tough it out now. Samoa have a huge lift now and it is up to England to disrupt the process."

England 20-22 Samoa

Dave Woods

BBC Sport commentator

"Pita Godinet has embarrassed England twice now."

CONVERTED TRY

England 20-22 Samoa - Godinet try, Roberts con

Pita Godinet celebrates with his Samoan tea
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Pita Godinet does have control of the ball and Samoa are level. The Wakefield half-back clings on with barely his right thumb to ground the ball.

Ben Roberts keeps his cool to convert from close to the touchline and edge them ahead, sparking huge celebrations in the stands from huge swathes of Samoan fans.

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England 20-16 Samoa

Samoa are level! Or are they? Pita Godinet scrambles over again but has he got control of the ball? Over to the video referee...

England 20-16 Samoa

The Samoans almost pull level! Second rower Frank Pritchard charges through the England defence, but has no support to finish off the move. A high bomb causes panic in the England defence - drop out.

Sam Tomkins lets the high kick bounce - big mistake. It is near the dead-ball line but bounces just in front of it and heads back into play. There is a huge scramble to reach the ball. At first the ref decides it was Samoan hands that put the ball out of play but then reverses his decision - correctly. It was Ryan Hall who got to the ball first.

Marc Bazeley: Pita Godinet has mugged England off big time. He probably could have strolled through the gap twirling a cane #bbcrl #4Nations

England 20-16 Samoa

Well, well, well. That one would have left England fans spluttering over their cornflakes. These Samoans are a plucky bunch - can they mount an remarkable comeback?

England 20-16 Samoa

Ian Millward

Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

"Defend the immediate, where is the ball? It is in front of you. The markers were looking wide but great instincts from Pita Godinet to score. That puts the cats amongst the pigeons. Just the way it opened up for him, you control your defensive pattern from marker."