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Summary

  1. FT: New Zealand 16-14 England
  2. Nightingale (2), Vatuvei for Kiwis
  3. Hall (2) and Charnley for England
  4. England relying on other results to make final

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By Jonathan Jurejko

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Right, on that semi-positive note, it is time for us to disappear down the BBC Sport tunnel. England's players will be glued to their television screens tomorrow to see if Samoa can narrowly beat the Aussies in their own backyard. If you're not setting yourself an early alarm call (the game kicks off at 05:00 GMT) then you can catch up by reading our match report.

And if we are talking you through a Four Nations final next weekend which does feature England, then we will all have witnessed the Wonder of Wollongong. See you next week!

What's that sound I can hear from the England camp? The collective clutching of straws? Perhaps. But let's not write off Samoa shall we. The Pacific Islanders gave England a pre-Hallowe'en fright before succumbing to a 32-26 defeat, while they pushed the Kiwis even harder in a 14-12 loss.

Samoa's Tim Simona brushes off England's Matty Smith
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Three hours ago, we still didn't know which two sides would be contesting next Saturday's Four Nations final. Fast forward to now, and we know that New Zealand are definitely going for glory in their capital city. What we still don't know is who will join them. The odds are stacked in favour of world champions Australia, with an outside chance for England or Samoa.

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Mark Halstead: Time for a change. McNamara can't get that extra six points out of this team.

Coach reaction

New Zealand 16-14 England

England coach Steve McNamara: "We are frustrated, it was a fingernail last week and a width of the goalpost this week. We have been involved in three tremendous Test matches. They're a young group and to apply themselves the way they have done...we are still in it with a chance of making the final but today was desperately close.

"New Zealand are a really good team and hit us with a couple of sucker punches. Both teams were out on their feet at the end, there was nothing left.

"Credit to both countries and we will come back stronger from this."

New Zealand 16-14 England

Jon Wilkin

Former England international on BBC Two

"It was a fantastic Test match but England were not quite clinical enough at the crucial times. The standard in this tournament has been really high."

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Player reaction

New Zealand 16-14 England

England full-back Sam Tomkins: "It was a terrific match, two points in it is what you want in international rugby. It's a shame we're not on the winning side but you can't question the effort of the boys, every week we have given it 100%.

"It is disappointing to lose and looks like we won't make the final. But we have a very young team and it would have been phenomenal for the lads on their first tour to make the final.

"But we have made huge strides. You look at the talent and you look at how long this side can stay together for.

"We threw a lot at New Zealand, and make no mistake we didn't play badly. But New Zealand are a good side, they played as well as us and got the right side of the result."

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New Zealand 16-14 England

England captain Sean O'Loughlin: "We knew it was going to be tough, but credit to our boys, they dug in and we had a big go but we have just come up short. It is out of our hands now. We will now have to wait and see what happens."

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New Zealand captain Simon Mannering: "It has been a great tournament and keeps getting better to watch. England played some great footy and defensively put us under a lot of pressure."

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New Zealand 16-14 England

Jamie Peacock

Former England captain on BBC Two

"Sport can be cruel sometimes. England were under pressure to play well again today - and you ask yourself when will this team finally get over the line?

"This team will only grow until the World Cup in 2017."

New Zealand 16-14 England

But all that number-crunching will be irrelevant if an under-strength and below-par Australia beat the Samoans. Two points for the Kangaroos will seal their spot against New Zealand in Wellington next Saturday.

New Zealand 16-14 England

If Samoa win by exactly eight points then it goes to down points percentage - which will be the same. That means we then go to tries scored, which obviously we won't know until tomorrow. England have scored 10 tries, with Samoa currently on eight...

New Zealand 16-14 England

If England were to be beaten then it had to be narrow. Like two points narrow. That means they can still go through - if Samoa manage to beat Australia by less than eight points.

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New Zealand 16-14 England

And that allows referee Phil Bentham to call time on another thrilling match. But the result it is not thrilling for England - they are staring elimination squarely in the face.

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New Zealand 16-14 England

Oh no. Can you believe it. Seconds after being given another chance, England blow it. James Graham is the unfortunate culprit, allowing the ball to slide out of his greasy palms.

New Zealand 16-14 England

England win a penalty inside the 20m line! Drama o'clock...

New Zealand 16-14 England

This. Is. It. England are playing basketball on the last...

New Zealand 16-14 England

England have a break! Gareth Widdop pounces on a loose ball and gallops forward...

New Zealand 16-14 England

England start again from almost their own line, before Kallum Watkins puts on his dancing shoes to create some room on the right flank. Unfortunately one of his winklepickers touches the whitewash as he offloads to Josh Charnley. Ball back with the Kiwis...

New Zealand 16-14 England

Ian Millward

Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

"I have got to give New Zealand credit - they way they are making England start on their own line."

New Zealand 16-14 England

A weary England forward line fail to make any hard yards as Matty Smith kicks out from his own half. Advantage New Zealand with three minutes (and a bit more) left on the clock...

New Zealand 16-14 England

Ian Millward

Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

"It is an interesting period this - England need a double set desperately."

New Zealand 16-14 England

Kieran Foran eyes up a gap, before Simon Mannering is held up short. New Zealand keep the ball alive before another poor kick helps out England.

New Zealand 16-14 England

Chance for England down the left - but it ends with an accidental offside as Joel Tomkins clatters the ball into the head of team-mate Kallum Watkins. The Kiwis have possession with six minutes to go...

New Zealand 16-14 England

Boom! The ticking time bomb of pressure has exploded. Spectacularly. Sam Tomkins brilliantly recovers the ball from behind his points, getting to safety, before reacting angrily to Kieran Foran's tackle with a tap on the head.

The Kiwi stand-off goes head-to-head with Tomkins, before Joel Tomkins steams in from the left to floor Foran with a shoulder charge. That's brotherly love for you...

New Zealand 16-14 England

Brian Noble

Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

"I think we have got two really tired teams here. The pace of the second half has really taken it's toll."

England's Matty Smith takes a heavy tackle
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New Zealand 16-14 England

Sam Tomkins comes to the rescue with a last-ditch tackle, before New Zealand cheaply hand back possession with a poor kick.

Less than 10 minutes to go. England NEED to win...

New Zealand 16-14 England

Ian Millward

Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

"The off-loads are really hurting England at the moment. The clock is ticking quick."

New Zealand 16-14 England

An explosion of noise in Dunedin as the home fans chant 'Kiwis, Kiwis' with the menace of the Zulus in the Battle of Rourke's Drift. England hang on in that set, before the Kiwis press again....

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Nick Roberts: Yet again missed opportunities will cost England against NZ, just like last week against Oz. We've got to be more ruthless.

New Zealand 16-14 England

England are camped in the Kiwi 20m line with three tackles left. They're running down blind alleys though, forcing Matty Smith into launching a kick on the last. But it is not incisive enough, allowing Jason Nightingale to pluck out and give New Zealand possession.

New Zealand 16-14 England

Contentious decision from referee Phil Bentham sets up another wave of New Zealand attacks. England hold on, as Kiwi captain Simon Mannering bursts through a gap before a pack of white shirts - led by Matty Smith - drag him back.

Ryan Hall gathers the high kick on the last, then races to the 20m line to tap England into action again....

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Jordan Fiddes: If NZ were smart, they would go for a drop goal now. Don't think they have it in their mentality though!

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New Zealand 16-14 England

Time to catch breath. England hooker Daryl Clark gets an elbow from team-mate George Burgess as Kiwi hooker Isaac Luke knocks on to hand over the ball.

But not for long. England press with a quick shift to the left, but Dan Sarginson's grubber is easily scooped up by home full-back Peta Hiku.

New Zealand 16-14 England

And New Zealand should have been first to keep the scoreboard ticking. A crossfield kick to the left finds an isolated Manu Vatuvei as the right hand side of England defence goes walkabout. Centre Kallum Watkins finds himself toe-to-toe with the Kiwi winger, who loses control and sees the chance go down the plughole.

New Zealand 16-14 England

Do not go anywhere. The kids will have to miss gymnastics class. The weekly shop can be done this afternoon. A lot more points are going to put on the scoreboard. Twenty minutes of fun and games to go....

New Zealand 16-14 England

Ian Millward

Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

"There is definitely, definitely more points in this game."

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