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Summary

  1. Click the live coverage tab to watch the match again
  2. FT: Australia 16-12 England (05:10 GMT)
  3. Aus: Jennings, Hunt, Inglis
  4. Eng: Watkins, Hall
  5. Hall had last-gasp try ruled out
  6. England led 12-4 at the break

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    England play well against the Aussies, look like they are going to beat them, then let them back into the match and eventually succumb to defeat. It is a depressingly familiar tale isn't it?

    But it is not all doom and gloom. Oh no. Convincingly beat the Kiwis next Saturday (and judging by England's display today it is not out of the realms of possibility) and they will reach the Four Nations final.

    The identity of the two finalists may still be undecided, but one thing is certain - it is going to be another thriller. Set your alarm clocks before you go to bed on Friday because we are up before the birds again. We'll be here from 06:00 GMT. See you then!

  2. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Just waking up? Missed all the action? Shame on you. But I've got some good news. You can watch and listen to the whole match again by using the 'Live Coverage' tab on this page. Go on, I dare you...

  3. Post update

    England coach Steve McNamara: "Ryan Hall definitely touched it, he said he got his finger to it, was not sure whether the ball was on the ground when he touched it, which was why he did not celebrate too much, he knew there was a 20-metre drop out coming and did not want to risk that.

    "If you are going to the video ref to query a decision it is because you are not sure so you should let the video referee make the decisions, if they are not sure then they can go back to ref's call, which is I believe is the system you used to have in the NRL.

    "We played well, wanted to throw some things at Australia and we did that in the first half. In the second half it felt like we were coming out of our own end for most of it."

  4. Long wait for England?

    Australia 16-12 England

    There is another scenario where England could beat New Zealand by less than 10 points and then face an agonising wait to see if they are to contest the final. England face the Kiwis on Saturday but may have to wait until the conclusion of Australia v Samoa about 24 hours later to see if they have made it.

  5. Points mean prizes...

    Australia 16-12 England

    Not only do rugby league coaches know their onions about tactics and selection, they also need to have a mathematical brain. England boss Steve McNamara has just had to do his best Carol Vorderman impression when tackled about what his team need to do in their final match against New Zealand.

    One Aussie journalist suggested England needed to win by 19 points, but was quickly put right by McNamara. Ten points is the winning margin that England need, as McNamara rightly pointed out. That is because a 10-point victory for England would result in a 20-point swing on the Kiwis and guarantee England a place in the 15 November final.

  6. Get involved

    Craig Johnson: Wigan scored a very similar try this season, Matty Bowen had one finger on the ball, try given... #JustSaying

    Ben Slater: If international rugby league was played over 50 minutes, England would be world beaters. Gutted.

    Simon Lie: if you slow the disallowed try a bit further back you can say that Greg Inglis had grounded the ball in trying to put it dead #goaustralia

  7. Coach reaction

    Australia 16-12 England

    England coach Steve McNamara: "Ryan Hall saves his best performances for Australia. He played excellently and there were a couple of world class performances in my team. Ryan was tremendous in everything he did and was desperately unlucky not to grab that try which would have given us a draw, with a kick to win.

    "We are bruised, there is a short turnaround before the next match, and we've got the flight to New Zealand. But I can't envisage any issues at this stage."

  8. Coach reaction

    Australia 16-12 England

    England coach Steve McNamara on whether his team changed their philosophy after half-time: "No, we wanted to come out and play in the second half but we got put in tough field positions. There were very few penalties in second half. And for some reason the game was refereed differently from the second half to the first half."

  9. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Jon Wilkin

    Former England international on BBC Two

    "England have to keep playing and support each other against New Zealand next weekend. They will be rueing the inability to close the game out or keep playing to put Australia to the sword."

  10. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Australia coach Tim Sheens: "Had it been a try I think Ryan Hall would have been celebrating but he wasn't. They all went back for a line drop-out and were not screaming for a try so I think we got the right decision.

    "Ben Hunt was there to play in case Daly Cherry-Evans broke down, but he did a great job, it made us smaller in the middle but it gave the skipper a break and that extended his life out there but it is not something I think would work every week.

    "England worked hard to protect their lead, they were strong, very strong in the ruck, so that will be an interesting game between them and New Zealand next week.

    "For sure Liam Farrell should be in trouble (for the chicken wing tackle on Greg Inglis that saw him put on report), that is an ugly tackle and Greg Inglis is still not well with it. I was disappointed in the one that saw an English player dive over the top of Greg Bird, who then got put on report."

    Australia skipper Cameron Smith: "When England were celebrating they were trying to bluff the referee, all teams do that, but when it goes upstairs to the video referee it goes out of our control.

    "We came into this game confident we would play well. I think today we took some big steps to reaching our standards. The young guys did well. Nice to see them stand up in a great game of football, that is what Test football is all about."

  11. Was it a try at the end?

    Australia 16-12 England

    Ryan Hall

    Jon Wilkin: "It was one of the most important moments in England rugby league international history. In the process of trying to force an error, I think this is a try. The referee said the ball was on the upward and that is what has forced the finger up but I disagree with him. At full speed it does not look like a try but when you slow it down it does."

    Paul Sculthorpe: "The ball is on the floor, you can see the finger go up - there is pressure on the ball."

    Robbie Hunter-Paul: "That is a try. The fact Ryan Hall has reached forward is to try to get a hand on the ball."

  12. Coach reaction

    Australia 16-12 England

    England coach Steve McNamara on that potential Ryan Hall 'try': "You never get excited - you never know what is going to happen. I thought it was try. It probably needs a closer look. It looks like Ryan's fingers are on the ball and the ball hit the ground.

    On next weekend: "We'll be going hard at New Zealand. We know we need to do that to progress to the next stage. It was a very good performance from us and we knew it would take time from last week into this week. Hopefully we can improve the same again going into next week and get the job done."

  13. Coach reaction

    Australia 16-12 England

    England coach Steve McNamara: "It is a tough defeat to take. We threw a lot at Australia, we came to play and said we would do that, and it was agonisingly close at the end. I thought we were better team for large parts and I thought we were in control for a lot of the game. But there was a spell midway through second half where we let Australia get back in to it with a couple of penalties. And a lack of field position in second half cost us."

  14. Player reaction

    Australia 16-12 England

    England captain Sean O'Loughlin: "It was heartbreaking, we thought we had put in a good performance, thought we had scraped it at the end but did not get it. Australia have some real class individuals and we did a good job on them for 90% of the game but they burnt us a couple of times and got over the line.

    "We really fancied ourselves today and we were very confident. We know we have another game to put that right."

  15. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Gracious stuff from Ryan Hall there. Nobody knows - definitively - whether that was a try of not. We've seen tens of replays and we're still not sure...

  16. Player reaction

    Australia 16-12 England

    England winger Ryan Hall: "I knew I had got something on the ball but I was not sure whether I had grounded it. I did not want to say anything because I wanted us to get the ball back from the restart. After it got referred it was a case of cross your fingers and hope. In Super League that would have not been a try but it is not Super League.

    "In the second half we went back into our shell a little bit. I think we had a genuine chance to win that game, we played really well for a new, young side. We worked like we have been together for a few years.

    "We owe the Kiwis a bit from last year (when they defeated England in the World Cup semi-final), I don't want to bring it up too much but there is a bit of vengeance there."

  17. Player reaction

    Australia 16-12 England

    Australia skipper Cameron Smith: "It was a huge relief given the pressure on the team and guys involved.

    "I thought it was a great Test all round, the English boys were very good and our boys as well. The English team just kept coming and they nearly got us in the end. It is just nice to be in contention for the final.

    "I was pretty confident that it would stay as a 'no try' but it was pretty close. I know it was a tough decision to make but I'm glad it went our way.

    "It has been a fantastic competition and it will not get any easier against Samoa next week."

  18. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Robbie Hunter-Paul

    Former New Zealand international on BBC Two

    "Australia were celebrating at the final whistle but they are far from the finished article. They are not the Australia we have seen in the recent past. Once the relief of this game goes, they have got a lot of hard work to do ahead of next weekend."

    Australia celebrate
  19. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Robbie Hunter-Paul

    Former New Zealand international on BBC Two

    "Some credit needs to go to the Australians - they started to play like an Australian Test team in the second half - they were finishing their sets and making England come out of their own 22. That draws a lot of energy out of you and we saw that in the middle part of the game.

    "We reckon that at half-time Australia coach Tim Sheens said to Greg Inglis that he needs to come into this game, to lead from the front."

  20. Get involved

    Paul Cook: Up at 4:30 to watch the RL and I'm not really a fan. Starting to favour the egg rather than the football. Eng switched off. #rlbreakfast

    Ben Slater: If international rugby league was played over 50 minutes, England would be world beaters. Gutted. #AUSvENG #bbcrl

    Wattolass: Well done England, fab game of RL in spite of result.... losing to Ozzies by four points is no mean feat. Proud England Fan anyway.

  21. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Four Nations

    So where does that leave us? None the wiser frankly. Any of the Four Nations can still make the final - setting up a tantalising weekend to conclude the group stage.

    England face the unbeaten Kiwis in their last group game, while the Aussies look to inflict a third straight defeat on Samoa.

  22. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Jon Wilkin

    Former England international on BBC Two

    "You need your star players to do something special and in this game the momentum changed for me with the Australian substitution in the second half - Sam Thaiday went off, Cameron Smith went to loose forward and half-back Ben Hunt came on. Hunt was busy. The Aussie guys will be made up."

  23. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Paul Sculthorpe

    Former Great Britain captain

    "We have been here before. You look at it and think, England were in front and shut up shop. It took to the last five minutes for England to get back playing again. You could see the momentum change in the game. Getting quick play-the-balls which allowed them to play rugby."

  24. Full time

    Australia 16-12 England

    Contrasting scenes in Melbourne. The smiling Australians can't believe their luck as they wave and clap the home support, Cameron Smith sticking on a green and gold sombrero in celebration. England trudge around saying 'thank you' to their loyal band of followers. No grins and comedy hats there - just grimaces.

    Cameron Smith
  25. Get involved

    __tom___: If the first Aussie try was a try, you have to give that as an England try. #EnglandRL #bbcrl

  26. Full time

    Australia 16-12 England

    Australia have been let off the hook - and they know it. England prop James Graham drops to his haunches, probably in disbelief. Australia edge another thriller to haul themselves off the bottom of the Four Nations group.

    England's James Graham
  27. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "Because Ryan Hall touched it last for England, it means Australia get the ball back on the 20 metre restart."

  28. NO TRY

    Australia 16-12 England

    NO TRY! A collective sigh of relief from the home crowd. Aussies rejoice, England are left heartbroken.

  29. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Dave Woods

    BBC Sport commentator

    "The Aussies breath a huge sigh of relief. England within a fingertip..."

  30. TRY REVIEW

    Australia 16-12 England

    Only one man's opinion counts though. Video referee Bernard Sutton, the floor is yours...

  31. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "I can't watch..."

  32. TRY REVIEW

    Australia 16-12 England

    He has you know...I think. Is there downward pressure? Murmurs of discontent in the stands. England are starting to celebrate...

  33. TRY REVIEW

    Australia 16-12 England

    Or can he? The video referee is looking very, very closely....

    Ryan Hall
  34. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    England are drinking in the last chance saloon. Can they sneak one last drink in? Josh Charnley runs into trouble on the right, then the ball switches left. Greg Inglis makes a mess of an England kick, but Ryan Hall can't get his fingertips to the ball...

  35. Get involved

    michael surman: Starting to feel a little resigned to the inevitable #bbcrl #EngvAus #4nations

  36. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    England are tearing around in search of a gap, but they are just running down cul-de-sacs. Matty Smith blasts one high into the sky on the fifth, Australia inexplicably let the ball drop, but the ball bounces back into a maroon and blue hand.

  37. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "Go get them, force an error...."

  38. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Phew! England survive the repeat set and then start to attack themselves. Tom Burgess drives into the Aussie defence before Daryl Clark punches through. England on the last tackle, throw the ball around like a group of jugglers, desperate to keep the ball alive. Alas, they can't. Possession back to the Aussies. Five minutes left...

  39. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "If you want to win the game, you have to think about Daryl Clark around the ruck. They need to created something around the smaller players in the Australian side.

    "The difference between the two teams at this stage has been the final kick of their attacking plays."

  40. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    England coach Steve McNamara nervously taps his pen as the clock ticks down on his side's chances. Australia force another drop out from behind the sticks as Sam Tomkins is unable to return Cooper Cronk's brilliant kick.

  41. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "What is massive is for Gareth Widdop and Sam Tomkins to really step up to the mark here and urge their guys forward. They have fallen away from that over the last 20 minutes."

  42. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Australia are winning the arm wrestle now - can England muster the strength to drag them back? Not yet. Another chance goes begging for the Aussies. There is an offloads towards Sione Matautia on the right touchline, but the ball sneaks just behind the teenager.

    James Graham
  43. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "England need to create themselves some field position. They need to get on with it."

    Australia have had 60% of possession in this half.

  44. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Fifteen minutes for England to salvage something here. Brett Ferres goes deep with a kick, the England pack gamely chasing down Aussie winger Josh Mansour. Australia have possession again, like they have for most of the second half.

  45. Post update

    Australia 16-12 England

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "A switch went on for Greg Inglis, it has changed for him in the last 20 minutes. He has become a threat in the defensive line and others around him have got space too. The momentum has shifted very quickly."

    Greg Inglis
  46. CONVERTED TRY

    Australia 16-12 England - Inglis try, Smith con

    England are forced into the drop out and Australia take advantage. Big time. Half-back Daly Cherry-Evans goes forward with ball in hand, picks a hole in the English defence, before playing in the supporting Greg Inglis. He doesn't say no to these opportunities.

    Cameron Smith confidently knocks over the extras. Advantage Australia.

    Australia's Greg Inglis
  47. Post update

    Australia 10-12 England

    Australia are looking menancing now - that swagger which we are all used to seeing has returned. They are helped by England winger Josh Charnley making a complete hash of a high bomb, Kallum Watkins diving in like Peter Schmeichel to tip the ball out of play.

    Josh Charnley
  48. Post update

    Australia 10-12 England

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "England have to keep their heads here and get back into their scheme of things, get back into what they were doing so well and not be dictated to by Australia."

  49. Get involved

    #rlbreakfast

    Ash: Come on England! Lets hold out and hit back! #rlbreakfast

    Neil Scarlett: Following from Chuuk in Carolinas Micronesia on inter web. Come on England. It's tense without picture I tell you. #bbcrl

    Aphid Overdo: Worried the Aussie Ref is starting to tell. 2 pens at the ptb for "infringement" getting their small pack up field #RLBreakfast #FourNations

  50. Post update

    Australia 10-12 England

    Ooooh, big chance for England. The visitors looked to be on the ropes momentarily, but stagger off them as the Aussies take a backstep with a knock-on. But then George Burgess hands the ball straight back.

  51. Get involved

    #rlbreakfast

    Adam Holland: All nighter to watch the rugby league, lots of coffee to get us through! Come on England!!!

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  52. Get involved

    #rlbreakfast

    Bath's new signing Sam Burgess: Yes Dave Woods (BBC commentator), I am watching the @England_RL game. Going great guns are the lads. C'mon England.

    Dave asked on commentary if Sam was up and watching the match.

  53. Post update

    Australia 10-12 England

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "A super tackle by the England defenders on Greg Inglis. I was just going to ask, what is Ben Hunt's role in this side but he read Cameron Smith's kick well and collected it."

  54. Post update

    Australia 10-12 England

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "I think England have become a little bit conservative in relation to what they were doing in the first half."

  55. CONVERTED TRY

    Australia 10-12 England - Hunt try, Smith con

    A huge effort from the England defence keeps out Greg Inglis - not many do that - but they are punished when the ball is recycled. Quick-thinking from Cameron Smith, who sticks through a cheeky grubber that is scooped up and grounded by Aussie debutant Ben Hunt. Simple kick for Smith in front of the posts - Australia back within two with a quarter of the match left...

    Hunt is making his debut - and the half-back replaced Sam Thaiday. A big throw of the dice by Aussie coach Tim Sheens.

  56. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    The area Australia always want to seem to attack is where Kallum Watkins is - it is where they almost scored in the first half.

  57. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    The Aussies roar back with a decent six of their own, England's full-back and winger getting in each other's way, before Sam Tomkins gathering instead of his old Wigan mucker Josh Charnley.

    The teams are trading sets like a pair of heavyweight boxers trade heavy blows, before England are penalised to hand ball and territory to the home side.

  58. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Another completed set from England ends with another inch-perfect Matty Smith kick. The Wigan scrum-half punches a low scuttler between full-back and winger, leaving Josh Mansour with a big old return...

  59. Get involved

    James Greenwood: We're finally gonna beat the Aussies. Waited too long. #RLbreakfast #bbcrl

    Hmm, a while to go yet James.

  60. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Australia win a scrum inside their own 20-metre line - but are driven back by the hungry England pack. However, the ref rules there is an infringement and the Aussies are given another chance. The teams are wearing old-fashioned shirts and there was nearly an old-fashioned scrum there...

  61. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "A bit shabby there England. England need to keep playing, the danger is if they stop playing."

  62. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    England kick the ball into touch. Relieve the pressure a little and the clock ticks down.

  63. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "I think it is a good decision by the video referee. Matty Smith doesn't get the chance to get to the ball because Boyd Cordner runs an inside line and obstructs him."

  64. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "I haven't seen this for a long time. When an England team want to make a break, they are doing it with ease. The scoreboard is not an indication of the game so far. But the disallowed Greg Inglis try was a warning sign to the England defence."

  65. NO TRY

    Australia 4-12 England

    Nervous mumblings in the Melbourne crowd as the video referee mulls it over. And he rules there was an obstruction by Aussie forward Boyd Cordner on England scrum-half Matty Smith. Jeers from the stands tell you what the home fans think...

    Australia look on
  66. TRY REVIEW

    Australia 4-12 England

    Australia think they are in through Greg Inglis. But was there an obstruction on an England defender in the build up? The video referee is taking a close look...

  67. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Enterprising attacking play from England on the sixth almost yields their third try. Tom Burgess's offload is one factor, several other England players are involved, throwing the ball, keeping it alive brilliantly. It almost cuts apart the Aussie defence but the ball goes to ground as the try line moves into view.

  68. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    England's markers were caught sleeping against Samoa last week, but they are wide awake at the play the ball today. Aussie hooker Cameron Smith is not allowed any room as his shirt is dragged over his head.

  69. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "There is not enough involvement of Greg Inglis in the game - three sets since half-time and he has not touched the ball."

  70. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Unconvincing start from England as Ryan Hall dilly dallies under a high kick. Hall and Sam Tomkins sort it out between them, before James Graham returns the ball with a big drive. The England prop is caught by a flailing Aussie boot though - Greg Bird the man - and winces with pain. He's a tough cookie and gets back to his feet quickly.

    Greg Bird
  71. Get involved

    #rlbreakfast

    Benjamin Fleming: From the sofa!!

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  72. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "I thought Australia's back row would have been off-loading more but I think that England have been defending really well."

  73. Kick-off

    Australia 4-12 England

    Puff Daddy's 'Come With Me' blasts out of the PA system as the players return for the restart. Game on.

  74. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    And it's been a good effort from the English fans out there in Melbourne. Flags from Warrington to Hull adorn the stands, while there are constant drones of 'En-ger-laaaand'.

  75. Get involved

    #rlbreakfast

    Steve Cross: Englishman in Melbourne

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  76. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Robbie Hunter-Paul

    Former New Zealand international on BBC Two

    "The completion rate was 90% to England, 72% for Australia. That is unheard of and might take its toll later in the game."

  77. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Paul Sculthorpe

    Former Great Britain captain

    "The message from Steve McNamara - keep doing what you're doing, win the forward battles and for Matty Smith it is a case of finding grass, avoid Greg Inglis."

  78. Get involved

    #rlbreakfast

    Keiron Thorpe: Great England half + me being too loud = one 19-month-old up and a very upset other half.

  79. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Glad you got up early then? So far so good for England. And it's been so far so good in the social media stakes too. You lot have been loving #rlbreakfast, sending us your selfies of where you are watching the game. Keep sending them in - and you might see your mug on the box. Our television coverage has just shown a selection of the best snaps.

  80. Get involved

    #rlbreakfast

    David John: Yeah! England 4-12 there, panicking now!!

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  81. Get involved

    #rlbreakfast

    Ellie: Joshua knows which sport he prefers!

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  82. Get involved

    #rlbreakfast

    Nige Dyer: D Clarke having a positive game so far, England also look positive. Not seen much of the Burgess Boys though??

  83. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Australia's Greg Inglis: "We need to play our sets out and do what we are doing."

    England's Gareth Widdop: "We started a little bit slow but we got back in the game and scored a few points, which is great."

  84. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Jon Wilkin

    Former England international on BBC Two

    "England should have stopped Australia's try - there were three missed tackles."

  85. Get involved

    #rlbreakfast

    Robert Culshaw: Watching with Percy Coldrick - try scorer in Rorke's Drift Test - because no one else is up..

    #RLbreakfast
  86. Half-time

    Australia 4-12 England

    What a way that would have been to finish an excellent half for England. The half-time hooter sounds moments after that England chance - as the two sets of players scurry off. I know which changing room will be the happier at the break. And it's not the Aussie one.

  87. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    And then, in a blink of the eye, the action flies back to the other end. Sam Tomkins punches a gap through the Australian line, finds Daryl Clark on his shoulder, but the Aussies scramble back to haul the hooker back.

    England's Daryl Clark
  88. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    A golden chance for Australia slips down the drain. The line is staring at Aussie winger Josh Mansour, but he can't be picked out by Michael Jennings. Opportunity lost. Aussie coach Tim Sheens knows it as he winces and slumps into the wall in disbelief.

    Ian Millward on BBC Two: "That was a massive opportunity for Australia on the stroke of half-time, they might just come to rue that. It was man on man but Michael Jennings threw the ball into touch."

  89. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    The Australians are rattled. I repeat, the Australians are rattled. That's not something you write in a sporting context very often. The home side are moaning and groaning to the referee as they look for a way back before the break.

    Did we say Sam Tomkins might be groggy? Doesn't look it as he smartly deals with a Daly Cherry-Evans's grubber. Smart work from Tomkins but it will be a drop-out.

  90. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Sam Tomkins received a lot of treatment after his collision with Greg Inglis. He looked like he took a heavy blow but is able to carry on. Groggy, one might say.

  91. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "Talk about being positive. Dan Sarginson, brought in for Michael Shenton at centre, caught the ball before flicking a pass to Ryan Hall, that is real skill. Every time they get down that end, they look so positive."

  92. Post update

    Tommy Lee: Yeesssssss!! It's rare you'll hear me cheering on Ryan Hall haha

  93. Post update

    Australia 4-12 England

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "Ryan Hall holds the sideline so well, which will have caused nervousness to Josh Mansour. He finishes plays like that for Leeds all the time."

    Australia's Josh Mansour
  94. CONVERTED TRY

    Australia 4-12 England - Hall try, Widdop con

    England are banging heavily on that Australia door - and they have smashed it down! England full-back Sam Tomkins bravely jumps with opposite number Greg Inglis to win another set of six, and seconds later they work the ball out to the left touchline. Guess who's there? Yep, Ryan Hall. No stopping the England flyer from 20 metres as he races behind the posts.

    Sensational kick from the trusty right peg of Gareth Widdop, who bends it like Beckham inside the far post.

    Ryan Hall scores for England
  95. Post update

    Australia 4-6 England

    England look confident as they strut forward on the attack again. But they cheaply hand back possession in the 20-metre line when James Graham of all people loses control, the ball greasily slipping out of his grasp.

  96. Post update

    Australia 4-6 England

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "Brian Noble put me in a headlock when England scored, he should be put on report for that.

    "Ryan Hall created that try with the break. Matty Smith goes deep into the line and commits defenders."

  97. TRY

    Australia 4-6 England - Watkins try, Widdop con

    England are level! Nothing wrong at all with that one. England make their advantage count, working the ball to the right as Sam Tomkins puts in Kallum Watkins, who avoids three Aussie defenders to place the ball down.

    And now England are ahead. Gareth Widdop keeps his nerve to kick over the conversion.

    Kallum Watkins scores a try for England
  98. TRY REVIEW

    Australia 4-0 England

    Are England in? Centre Kallum Watkins thinks so after he touches down. But does the video ref agree?

  99. Post update

    Australia 4-0 England

    Here goes Ryan Hall! England's powerhouse winger tears a huge hole in the Australia line before finding Daryl Clark in support. Massive chance, huge break. Clark can't offload when he really should but wins a penalty. He is dragged into touch by Greg Inglis. It is back-slaps all round from the Aussies - but Inglis is pinged for dragging Clark after the ref called held. Advantage England...

  100. Post update

    Australia 4-0 England

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "England have two major weapons. Daryl Clark's speed and Chris Hill's footwork is causing Australia a lot of problems and something they need to keep hammering on at."

  101. Post update

    Australia 4-0 England

    Richard Mathers

    Former England full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Steve McNamara's last message to Daryl Clark must have been - any opportunity, any half play-the-ball, you run, it is up to the rest of the team to catch up with play. Clark is just so dangerous. He has the X-factor."

  102. Post update

    Australia 4-0 England

    Australia struggled under the high bomb against the Kiwis when Greg Inglis went off with man flu last week. But the Aussie full-back has been comfortable with everything booted his way in the opening 25 minutes. He collects another Gareth Widdop kick before some more poor discipline from England as they are caught offside.

  103. Post update

    Australia 4-0 England

    Back come the Aussies. Cameron Smith scoots from dummy half, big prop Josh Papalii crashes into a wall of red and white, before some nifty English hands - behind their posts - see out the last tackle and avoid a drop-out. Now they try to pin back the Aussies in the own half...

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  105. Post update

    Australia 4-0 England

    Cooper Cronk boots another high kick upfield - straight down the gullet of England winger Josh Charnley. The sun is shining now in Melbourne. But Charnley isn't dazzled by the rays as he starts another England set.

    Cooper Cronk
  106. Post update

    Australia 4-0 England

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "Where did they get that ball from? A poor kick. Australia come up hard on the outside, brought the ball inside and Greg Bird's speed got to England. At this level you have to be so clinical and England need to be more positive at the end of their kicks."

  107. TRY

    Australia 4-0 England - Jennings try

    Australia make an incision down the left, Daly Cherry-Evans and Greg Bird punching a hole in the English defence. Centre Michael Jennings finishes off the move - after the video referee checks that he grounded the ball correctly. He did.

    Somehow Cameron Smith fails to add the extras, dragging his kick wide of the sticks.

    Michael Jennings scores for Australia
  108. TRY REVIEW

    Australia 0-0 England

    Ah. It was all so comfortable for England....

  109. Post update

    Australia 0-0 England

    Another handling error from the Aussies inside the England 20-metre line. Greg Inglis is the culprit this time. All comfortable for the English defence so far.

  110. Post update

    Australia 0-0 England

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "Sean O'Loughlin has fitted in in so well with the England team already. He really is a world class player.

    "It is a really sparring battle at the moment. Australia haven't had the ball inside the 20 metre mark as much as England have. Both sides are comfortable in defence though."

  111. Post update

    Ali Mason: Our discipline kills us, give away far too many penalties and let opposition teams march up the pitch #bbcrl

  112. Post update

    Australia 0-0 England

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "A poor end to a really good set. England needed to thread the needle with the kick there."

  113. Post update

    Australia 0-0 England

    There are more people on report than there are in a particularly naughty secondary class now. Australia second rower Greg Bird is the latest to be reprimanded after illegally dumping England skipper Sean O'Loughlin into the turf.

    England blow their opportunity from the next set though, a poor kick on the last tackle handing back the ball to the Aussies. Absorbing stuff so far.

    Sean O'Loughlin
  114. Post update

    Australia 0-0 England

    Australia pound the England line, but their defence remains firm. And the Aussies spill the ball to let Steve McNamara's men off the hook.

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  116. Post update

    Australia 0-0 England

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "Liam Farrell will be penalised for a 'chicken wing' tackle. If you look at NRL rules, he will definitely be suspended for a week. He worked the arm of Greg Inglis, you are not allowed to do that."

  117. Ouch!

    Australia 0-0 England

    England second rower Liam Farrell is placed on report after pinning back the arm of Australia's Greg Inglis in the tackle - known as a 'chicken wing'. Then, his skipper Sean O'Loughlin follows him for what looked like an accidental trip on Kangaroos skipper Cameron Smith.

  118. Post update

    Australia 0-0 England

    England are camped inside the Aussie 20-metre line, but every push forward is stopped by a wall of maroon and sky blue. Gareth Widdop's grubber on the last tackle is easily swallowed up by Australia full-back Greg Inglis and the ball is handed back.

  119. Post update

    Australia 0-0 England

    Quick hands from England as they look to find some space down the right. Aussie back rower Greg Bird gives away the first penalty of the match - setting up decent field position for England.

  120. Post update

    Australia 0-0 England

    Australia scrum-half Cooper Cronk hoofs a high bomb into the Melbourne sky as the home side complete another set. Both teams going through the full six. England full-back Sam Tomkins looks over to winger Ryan Hall and leaves it to him to comfortably gather.

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  122. Post update

    Australia 0-0 England

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "Round One to England there. They look confident and they look strong going forward in the arm wrestle."

  123. Post update

    Australia 0-0 England

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "The forward battle is important but Daryl Clark off the bench, Australia will be right on top of that."

  124. Post update

    Australia 0-0 England

    Decent start from England. They complete their opening set and then pin back the Aussies with a big kick from Matty Smith.

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  126. Post update

    Australia 0-0 England

    Robbie Hunter-Paul

    Former New Zealand international on BBC Two

    "I don't think having an Australian ref will be a problem. It will come down purely and simply to two of the best of the best teams in the world."

  127. Kick-off

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    Australian referee Gerard Sutton (yes, he's Australian and not a neutral) toots his whistle and we get under way. The officials are decked out in an early 20th Century all-white number. Splendid attire.

  128. Post update

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    Anthem time. The England boys look confident as they belt out 'God Save The Queen'. Australia stretch their vocal chords too - although I reckon there is a few nervous expressions in their team. Wishful thinking perhaps?

    England sing their national anthem
  129. Post update

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    Right, here we go. England, wearing that Wiganesque red and white hooped number, stroll out first. Here are the Aussies, decked out in an equally unfamiliar maroon and sky blue. Plenty of colour to wake us up.

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  131. Post update

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    In true rugby league fashion, we appear to be running a few minutes late. The England boys are pacing around the dressing room as they wait for the nod. Plenty of focused faces as prop James Graham gees up his team-mates with some words of encouragement.

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  133. Post update

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    Former Australia international Brad Fittler: "From a coaching point of view, the Australians would be nervous. It was 12-12 at half-time against New Zealand last week but the way we handled the second half was quite poor and they over-powered us through the middle. And England have got a big pack. If England win the Australian public would be extremely disappointed but I handed out the jerseys to the team and they are ready."

  134. Post update

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    So we're only moments away from kick-off folks. You've got time for one last cuppa before it's show-time. Go!

  135. Reilly backs England win

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    Malcolm Reilly

    So can England beat the Aussies and reach the Four Nations final? The man who was the brains behind Great Britain's famous 1992 triumph reckons so.

    "Australia are not as dominating as they have been in previous tournaments and England have a quality side who have the best opportunity in recent years to make it to the final," says ex-GB boss Malcolm Reilly, who also coached Castleford, Leeds and Newcastle Knights.

    "It will be a big challenge but I believe they have what it takes to do the preparation and get it together for the weekend, if they go into the game with a positive attitude, they can beat Australia."

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  137. Post update

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    England coach Steve McNamara: "It feels a big day, without a doubt. Playing Australia is always a tough task but we are really looking forward to it, the lads are relaxed and ready to play. Sean O'Loughlin has trained extremely well the last two days and we are looking forward to getting him out there. Dan Sarginson has been in great form towards the end of the season. He carries the ball a lot and we want to go for Australia today. We want to go for it. We have some big blokes who can charge through the middle and skill on the edges."

  138. Post update

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    Jon Wilkin

    Former England international on BBC Two

    "Gareth Widdop and Matty Smith are crucial for England - everything in attack will come through them. They are two stand-out players with outstanding reputations. We have lacked consistency in the half-back positions for a number of years. What has impressed me the most about Smith is how he has developed as a leader."

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    Stu Art: Too much for some of us!

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    While Stu's mate snoozes on the sofa, the rest of you are wide awake and sending your #rlbreakfast selfies in droves. Apparently the hashtag is trending in the UK, so keep them coming. Top work.

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    It is the early hours of the morning here in the UK - or the dying embers of the night if you've got home from the nightclub. It is dark outside. It is cold outside. And we're huddled up in our Salford Quays bunker to tell you about all the action from Melbourne.

    Feeling sorry for us yet? Good. So the least you can do is provide us with some thoughts. Can England replicate the Class of '92? And if so where will the match be won? Or will the Aussies do what they enjoy doing best - and beat the 'Poms'?

    Tweet using #rlbreakfast, text 81111 or come to MediaCity and tell us yourself if you wish. No, don't do that.

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  142. England have a makeover

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    England RL

    Simmer down Wigan fans. This isn't an exclusive picture of England full-back Sam Tomkins returning to his hometown club.

    Nope, this is the New Zealand Warriors man showing off the special commemorative shirt that England are wearing today.

    The red and white hooped design marks the centenary of the historic third Test of the 1914 Lions tour, a match that became known as the Rorke's Drift Test.

    England, playing with only nine fit men at various stages, defied the odds to beat Australia 14-6 and secure the Ashes.

  143. Post update

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    Australia v England

    England Rugby League: Our view from the coaches box at @AAMIPark. Final warm-up for the lads.

  144. Post update

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "It is quite chilly here in Melbourne and there is a bit of an English feel to it. There is a bit of anxiety here, nervousness around the stadium. John Mansour has been churning up the metres on the wing for Penrith but struggled last week. Australia need to get their back three in the game from early on. Today is a great opportunity for England. If I was an Englishman I would be excited."

  145. Post update

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    Donkey under the bonnet?! I've got no idea what Brian is talking about. But I like it.

  146. Post update

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "I have never met as many nervous Australians before a big game. England have got plenty of donkey under the bonnet but where is the extra fuel going to come from? England have to go for the jugular, Steve McNamara has picked a fluent, attacking team. They have to transform their confidence into a good performance."

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    Georgia Roe: Come on England

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  148. Post update

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    Martin Offiah and Shaun Edwards

    As we've already mentioned, Great Britain legends Martin Offiah and Shaun Edwards have been there, done it and got the Ashes tracksuit to prove it. Now the former Wigan heroes are quietly confident that the current crop can follow in their footsteps.

    Offiah believes the Aussies are "there for the taking", while Edwards is confident England can build on their opening win against Samoa.

    "The England lads got the job done against Samoa and I was impressed with what I saw," says Edwards. "Playing in that heat and atmosphere in Brisbane is not easy, I've been there."

  149. Post update

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    Paul Sculthorpe

    Former Great Britain captain

    "What a great opportunity to put Australia out of a competition and it is not often we see that. You want to beat the Australians and this is a great opportunity with the forwards we have.

    "They will improve from last week but England will too. You can throw the form book out of the window. It is a game I always enjoyed and brought the best out in me. It is the biggest stage, it doesn't get any bigger."

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  151. What is the Four Nations?

    Jamie Peacock

    Clearly the Four Nations is exactly what it says on the tin - like a well-marketed brand of paint. Four teams slugging it out to win one of the most prestigious prizes in international rugby league.

    The 2014 tournament is the fourth edition of the tournament and sees Australia, New Zealand, England and Samoa involved.

    The teams play each other once in the pool stage with the top two nations going through to the final on 15 November.

    Australia beat England in the 2009 and 2011 finals, but lost to New Zealand in the 2010 showpiece. Can England finally end the Southern Hemisphere stranglehold?

  152. Post update

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    Jon Wilkin

    Former England international on BBC Two

    "We have to be careful because Australia played poorly last week. There is a lot of optimism in English rugby league. This is a line in the sand, we can knock Australia out of a tournament, it is just a huge opportunity."

  153. Line ups

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    Australia: G Inglis (South Sydney), J Mansour (Penrith), M Jennings (Sydney Roosters), D Walker (South Sydney), S Mata'utia (Newcastle), D Cherry-Evans (Manly), C Cronk (Melbourne), A Woods (Wests Tigers), C Smith (Melbourne, capt), S Thaiday (Brisbane), B Scott (Newcastle), G Bird (Gold Coast), C Parker (Brisbane).

    Replacements: B Cordner (Sydney Roosters), B Hunt (Brisbane), D Klemmer (Canterbury Bulldogs), J Papalii (Canberra).

    England: S Tomkins (New Zealand Warriors), J Charnley (Wigan), K Watkins (Leeds), D Sarginson (Wigan), R Hall (Leeds), G Widdop (St George Illawarra), M Smith (Wigan), G Burgess (South Sydney), J Hodgson (Hull KR), J Graham (Canterbury Bulldogs, capt), L Farrell (Wigan), J Tomkins (Wigan), S O'Loughlin (Wigan).

    Replacements: D Clark (Castleford), B Ferres (Huddersfield), T Burgess (South Sydney), C Hill (Warrington).

  154. Team news

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    Two changes for England from that narrow win against Samoa. Skipper Sean O'Loughlin returns from injury to start at loose forward, while Wigan team-mate Dan Sarginson comes in at centre. Hull's Joe Westerman and Castleford's Michael Shenton are the unfortunate pair to drop out of the squad.

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    BBC commentator Dave Woods: Warm up game at AAMI Park ahead of England v Australia. Last time we were here, the sky was purple.

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  156. Post update

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    G'day mates! Yes, that's right - England are 80 minutes away from causing a major shock in the world of international rugby.

    Steve McNamara's men didn't hit the high notes against Samoa in their Four Nations opener, but they still did enough in the searing Brisbane heat to see off their opponents in a tense 32-26 win.

    Australia's players would have given up a lifetime supply of stubbies in exchange for that result. The under-strength world champions were embarrassed 30-12 by New Zealand - a thumping by their lofty standards - in their opener.

    And that means they must beat England today to avoid an even bigger embarrassment - becoming the first Kangaroos side not to reach a the final of a major tournament since 1954.

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  158. Get involved

    Whether it is rugby, cricket or tiddlywinks, nothing gets the adrenalin pumping quite like Australia v England. Clearly I'm preaching to the converted here - that's why you are up and raring to go.

    So we want you to share with us where you are watching the game, by sending in your photos and selfies using the #rlbreakfast.

    We may even show some of these on the BBC Sport television coverage, which is under way right now on BBC Two, during the half-time interval.

    If you cannot get yourself in front of the TV, there is also coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 04:55 GMT.

  159. Post update

    Australia v England (05:00 GMT)

    England Rl

    Fast forward 22-and-a-bit years. Today, Tomkins, Widdop and Hall are fully-grown blokes aiming to emulate Schofield, Offiah and Edwards.

    Of course, Great Britain is now just a dusty relic of rugby league past. That means the modern-day trio are instead representing England but hope to replicate their predecessors' remarkable achievement - upsetting the Kangaroos in Melbourne.

    Victory in Australia's 'Second City' will put Steve McNamara's men into the Four Nations final at the expense of their hosts. Which will go down like the proverbial lead balloon.

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    Great Britain's 1992 squad

    Those rugby league fans with a long memory will remember when there was a Great Britain representative side.

    Those rugby league fans with an even longer memory will remember when Garry Schofield, Martin Offiah and Shaun Edwards helped Great Britain tear apart Australia to silence a shell-shocked Melbourne crowd.

    That famous thrashing came all the way back in June 1992. When the likes of Sam Tomkins, Gareth Widdop and Ryan Hall were still wearing nappies.