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  1. FT: Samoa 10-30 England
  2. Hall & Ratchford score first-half tries
  3. Hodgson, Graham & McGilvary add more after the break
  4. Gale kicks 10 points
  5. England's final warm-up Test before the World Cup

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By Jonathan Jurejko

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Samoa 10-30 England

Questions were asked, England answered them. An easy victory for Wayne Bennett's men against the side ranked fifth in the world and packed with NRL experience.

Roll on the World Cup... See you in October!

Ratchford celebrates scoring try
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'A very satisfying night for England'

Samoa 10-30 England

Dave Woods

BBC Rugby League correspondent

Not the perfect performance, but more than enough for them to look forward to the World Cup with plenty of confidence.

Big raps to Kevin Brown. He may have been a late call up, but he took his chance superbly with three try scoring assists in the second half.

Stefan Ratchford was also an eye-catcher with his fine individual try scoring effort in the first half.

Samoa had more possession in the second half and managed to cross through their headline acts - Joey Leila and Anthony Milford. But generally England looked solid in defending their own line.

Full time

Samoa 10-30 England

It doesn't matter. That's the final action of the game - England win and win comfortably.

Missed conversion - Samoa 10-30 England

Try McGillvary, missed con Gale

Jermaine McGillvary's whole career has been about proving people wrong and fighting hard to get what he wants. Tonight, that is a try.

He scoops up a loose ball and dives over. Luke Gale faces his trickiest kick of the night from the right touchline...has he got it? No! The ball arcs round nicely but clatters the inside of the right-hand post.

TRY - Samoa 10-30 England

Jermaine McGillvary

Ah. What do I know!

Samoa 10-26 England

Jermaine McGillvary fancies a slice of this try pie. The England winger gallops about 40 metres after a kick upfield, forcing Samoa full-back Peter Mata'utia into a clean up operation.

Doesn't look like the Huddersfield man will get his try tonight.

Samoa 10-26 England

The Campbelltown Stadium is emptying quicker than an office practicing a fire drill. Three more minutes for England to see out - another try would put a nice gloss on this victory.

CONVERTED TRY - Samoa 10-26 England

Try Graham, con Gale

England are allowed the time to pick their moment - and that is what they do. Kevin Brown is given acres of space at dummy half, playing a short ball to James Graham who clatters through a couple of Samoan defenders like they are bunch of daffodils.

Another easy chance for Luke Gale, who continues his 100% record with the boot.

TRY - Samoa 10-24 England

James Graham

There we go. Job done.

Samoa 10-20 England

England appear to have decided they have had enough of letting Samoa think they have got a chance.

Wayne Bennett's side go on the attack, patiently probing and setting up field position. They look ready to pounce at any opportunity.

Samoa 10-20 England

Samoa use that set wisely, building up the yards, going deep into English territory. Then they show where their problem is. Another poor decision on the final tackle lets England off the hook.  

England tackle Samoa's Tomoteo Lafai
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Samoa 10-20 England

That's not what happens. Skipper Sean O'Loughlin fumbles the ball inside the Samoan 22, cue lots of fist-pumping and back-slapping from the Samoans.

Samoa 10-20 England

I can't see England blowing this... *whistles and waits*

However, they need a couple of solid back-to-back sets to stop that Samoan adrenaline pumping.

Missed conversion - Samoa 10-20 England

Try Milford, missed con Milford

Samoa are the next side to score - but they still need another. And then another.

Anthony Milford spots a gap in the English defence to dart through for his team's second try, only to shank his kick right of the posts.

TRY - Samoa 10-20 England

Anthony Milford

Game. On.

Samoa 6-20 England

But...Samoa have another set of six. Ryan Hall is adjudged to have knocked on as he tries to run the ball out. He reckons he was impinged by a Samoan player at the play the ball. He has a point...

Samoa 6-20 England

A good set from the Samoans. Well, sort of. They make plenty of ground, ending up about 10 metres from the try line on the final tackle. 

Are they going to wind up a haymaker? Nope they barely jab at the English defence. Josh McGuire is held up.

Samoa 6-20 England

James Graham asks some more questions of the Samoan defence as England look to put this game to bed. The prop can't find a way through before Samoa get the turnover. Time for the Samoans to run the ball out. Again. 

Samoa 6-20 England

Right then, into the final quarter. If Samoa don't score the next try then they are finished.

England tackle Samoa's Mata'utia
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Samoa 6-20 England

Samoa aren't giving this one up just yet. But again they lack quality in their decision making in the England half. They run the ball down the right flank on their last tackle, Joey Leilua going for a Hollywood flick towards winger Ken Maumalo. He finds touch.

Samoa 6-20 England

England are forced into some more defending straight from kick-off. But the Samoa attack has seen less polish than a dusty mantelpiece. They are lacking the guile and precision to puncture the English defence.

Stefan Ratchford pushes through the Samoan defence
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Samoa 6-20 England

There was a comedy moment in the build-up to that England try - well, not for Samoa. Anthony Milford was blocked off as Josh Hodgson ran the referee! To be fair, I don't think Milford would have got near Hodgson anyway.

CONVERTED TRY - Samoa 6-20 England

Try Hodgson, con Gale

England respond in the finest way possible - with a try. England's half-backs show their quality, Kevin Brown and Luke Gale combining to send Josh Hodgson scampering through the middle. Once chance, one try.

Gale knocks over the extras from in front of the posts.

Normal service resumed.

TRY - Samoa 6-18 England

Josh Hodgson

Yes. Yes they can!

England's Josh Hodgson
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Samoa 6-14 England

Samoa are held up on the try line. Can England survive?

Samoa 6-14 England

Samoa are knocking on the English door like a set of angry debt collectors. But can they get inside the try-line? Not on this occasion. Another grubber is watched carefully out of play by Stefan Ratchford with a couple of blue-shirts thundering up behind him.

Samoa 6-14 England

Samoa have a new lease of life here...

Samoa 6-14 England

Here's a chance. Samoa scrum-half Fa'amanu Brown scuffs through a grubber kick from deep, which is gamely chased by Joey Leilua. He gets a boot to it, threatening to pounce and run through to score. Ryan Hall is alert to come across and cover, only to knock on and give Samoa another chance...

Samoa 6-14 England

I wouldn't quite call it a storm, more like a heavy rain shower. But can England survive it?

CONVERTED TRY - Samoa 6-14 England

Try Leilua, con Milford

Ladies and gentleman, we appear to have a game on our hands. Samoa take advantage of that English gift. Centre Joey Leilua barging past a handful of white-shirted defenders to touch down.

Anthony Milford lines up the conversion from the right side of the posts, arrowing the ball straight through the middle.

TRY - Samoa 4-14 England

Joey Leilua

Oh hello.

Samoa 0-14 England

Ah, we've jinxed him. Stefan Ratchford goes gung-ho into claiming a high ball that drift towards the right touchline...he's a sitting duck. Samoa winger Antonio Winterstein hits him - hard - and that's another set for his side. Ratchford was lucky not to end up in Row A...

Samoa 0-14 England

Stefan Ratchford, who has been impressive at full-back after his controversial selection ahead of Zak Hardaker, dives like a football goalkeeper to pluck out the opening kick.

England run it back with a solid set.


Samoa 0-14 England

Samoa get the ball rolling.

Samoa 0-14 England

Tactics talked, oranges eaten, legs rubbed. Can England stick a good few more points on the board? Or will Samoa make a fist of this game?

The players are trotting back out onto the pitch...

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New Zealand investigate cocaine allegations

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New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) are investigating allegations national captain Jesse Bromwich and team-mate Kevin Proctor bought and took cocaine.

It is claimed the incident took place after New Zealand's 30-12 defeat by Australia in Canberra on Friday.

The allegations emerged in a court case and, although Melbourne Storm's Bromwich and Gold Coast Titans' Proctor were named, neither have been charged.

NZRL says it will take immediate action if the allegations are proven.

"We are working with the NRL (the Australia-based National Rugby League) while investigations into the alleged incident are ongoing and New Zealand Rugby League will not be making any comment until more information becomes available," said an NZRL statement.

Elsewhere in the rugby league world...

'Selection controversy seems inconsequential'

Samoa 0-14 England

Dave Woods

BBC Rugby League correspondent

Several individuals have really stood out. Ryan Hall, maintaining his try-per-test match ratio, Jermaine McGillvray has been a handful on the other wing. Sam Burgess' involvement has been his most effective in an England shirt since his return from rugby union.

Stefan Ratchford individual effort showed off his sparkling talents and on debut, Mike McMeeken has looked more than comfortable in the Test match arena.

We've yet to see Chris McQueen from the bench, but all the controversy about selections pre-match seems inconsequential now.

And if England carry on like this, they will go into the World Cup in the Autumn in very high spirits

Given the pre-match billing this Samoa side was given, they have been disappointing. But a lot of that has been down to England's organised  and committed defence

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