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Summary

  1. FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea
  2. England: Tries: McGillvary (2), Walmsley, Currie, Watkins (2), Hall Goals: Widdop (4)
  3. PNG: Tries: Lo Goals: Martin
  4. Scrappy performance from England
  5. England will face Tonga in semi-final

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FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

So as the dust settles on England's quarter-final win over Papua New Guinea, thoughts immediately turn to the semi-finals.

Tonga are the opponents, standing between England and a first final appearance since 1995.

Memories of 2013 remain raw, last minute, last gasp defeat by the New Zealand Kiwis at Wembley still painful.

England under Wayne Bennett can blast that into the annals of history by doing the job next weekend.

Why not join us then? Both semi-finals, here on BBC Sport. Until then, take care and goodbye.

Highlights: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

England expects...

Semi-final two: England v Tonga (Saturday, 25 November)

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Just one side has got the better of England so far - world champions Australia - but still there are question marks about England going into the semi-finals around fluency and performance.

It's a bit harsh, given the relative ease in which England with the lively Jermaine McGillvary and Kallum Watkins, the class of Gareth Widdop and the power of a pack featuring Sam Biurgess, James Graham and Alex Walmsley set about Papua New Guinea in the quarters.

Fans want a complete performance. They also want success. Against Tonga they'd trade the former for the latter. It will be some Test match in Auckland.

Tongan pride put to the test

Semi-final two: England v Tonga (Saturday, 25 November)

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Everyone expected New Zealand to pop up in England's side of the draw but Tonga sprung a surprise by upsetting the form book and beating the Kiwis in the pool stages.

There should have been no shock about it. Tonga are stacked with talent, from the free-running bulldozer that is Jason Taumalolo, to runaway prop Andrew Fifita and the livewire backline that includes Michael Jennings, Konrad Hurrell and David Fusitu'a.

Their bone-shuddering pack will come up against another fearsome one in England's, what a battle that will be in Auckland. There will be a massive support for Tonga, will that see them through to glory?

Will Fijian faith be enough?

Semi-final one: Australia v Fiji (Friday, 24 November)

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Fiji delivered one of the shocks of the tournament in knocking out New Zealand in their quarter-final, particularly as it came in Wellington.

With a pack of fired up forwards including Ashton Sims and Eloni Vunakece who were schooled in the game in Australia, added to a wide threat to challenge any team featuring Suliasi Vunivalu, Fiji will be a threat. However, they are playing Australia. It's going to be a long afternoon.

The Bati, including skipper Kevin Naiqama, expressed their gratitude to God after the Kiwis success, having made it to the final four.

They will need all the help they can get from above if they are to challenge the dominance of the Kangaroos in Brisbane this coming Friday.

Below-par England?

FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

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England coach Wayne Bennett: "We've been pretty good over the last three weeks and maybe we were due a below-par performance and maybe that was today.

"We have done a lot of good things in this tournament and I think we can carry on pretty quickly from this.

"We are doing a lot of things right at training, if we had these problems in training it would be a different issue.

"These boys train as good as anybody I've coached – we are getting closer to it but need to put it right in a game."

Can anyone stop Australia?

Semi-final one: Australia v Fiji (Friday, 24 November)

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If big Mal Meninga wasn't what the Aussies call a 'champion bloke', then you'd find it quite easy to dislike the relentless machine that is the Kangaroos rugby league side.

They dismantled Samoa with ease. They scored 46 unanswered points, having already dominated their group with wins against England, France and Lebanon.

Stars permeate every position, from Billy Slater to Regan Campbell-Gillard - a prop possibly unknown to many in England but not to anyone who's had him trample over the top of them.

They are still the big bet for success.

FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

So those butterflies start to flutter again in the stomach as England prepare for a semi-final against Tonga next weekend. 80 minutes away from a Brisbane final.

Two big packs to collide, Sam Burgess v Jason Taumalolo. James Graham v Andrew Fifita.

Then out wide there's Jermaine McGillvary v David Fusitu'a. Kallum Watkins v Konrad Hurrell.

Sensational. It's going to be big.

England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales international on BBC Two

Key players have stayed injury free, it important to keep them fit if you're to have a good competition.

If you look at the squad, that is a side capable of winning the World Cup and they know that as well.

Sinfield positive for final hopes

England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Kevin Sinfield

Former England and Leeds captain on BBC Two

I think to have a home World Cup was really special last time. But we got done in the last minute. It's been 22 years since England have been in their last final, and I don't think we were ready then - but I think we're ready this time.

England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Kevin Sinfield

Former England and Leeds captain on BBC Two

I think we exhausted PNG in a different way today

They looked like they overtrained this week - I don't think we did anything special to tire them.

But we've been fortunate because we've got Gareth Widdop and Jermaine McGillvary in back-field.

England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Jon Wilkin

Former England international on BBC Two

Tonga have got a part to play in this in the semi-finals.

Ironically Tonga's flag looks a bit like a first aid kit.

If we just keep the ball on the field and don't give them an inch, starve them of possession and tire them out, that's a different ball game altogether.

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England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Jon Wilkin

Former England international on BBC Two

In his interview, Jermaine McGillvary said "our quality shone through" and I think that's what has got England through in these games.

When you play a side where quality is equal, that's where execution shines through and will dictate whether we win those games against Tonga or Australia.

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'We know we need to get better'

FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

England assistant coach Denis Betts: "I'm very satisfied, we managed to score 36 points on a 56% completion rate, we know we need to get better

"The objective was to get to Auckland and we fly their tomorrow.

"They were pretty good today PNG, they raised the level of their performance.

"We were sloppy at times with the ball, allowed them to make it messy but we scored some fantastic tries and kept them down to one, which is a great effort

"I think Kevin Brown will be fine, but we will have to see the doctors report - we cannot pre-empt them."

'Every week it steps up'

England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

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England winger Jermaine McGillvary told BBC Sport: "We're still getting victories, now we need to be better next weekend, we cant toss that up against better teams than Papua New Guinea.

"We need to be a hell of a lot better next weekend. Tonga are outstanding and every week it steps up.

"Our quality has shone through. It's awesome, the amount of England fans who have travelled over today."

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England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Kevin Sinfield

Former England and Leeds captain on BBC Two

"We talked about our identity as a nation and how we play, and I think our errors this game aren't from individuals or how we play. But our defence is so strong."

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'A bit scratchy at times'

FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

England captain Sean O'Loughlin: "It was a bit same-as really, we are more than happy to get through to the quarter-finals but it was a bit scratchy at times.

"The back three were outstanding again, they got us out of a lot of tough situations. They have been all competition.

"The boys are looking forward to the match next week - we know we need to be better again but we are going to make the most of it."

Sean O'Loughlin says England's performance was scratchy at times. Agree? bbc.in/2jEGg8D #ENGvPNG #bbcrl

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Jon Wilkin

Former England international on BBC Two

"We can analyse the performance in-depth. But what was crucial, was winning. We're talking about the level we want England to be at and the level they're at at the moment. There's a lot of positives but at the start of the tournament, Wayne Bennett made everyone aware of errors."

FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales international on BBC Two

You need someone to do something special to win you a game and I think Widdop is your man.

How do the semis look?

FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Australia play Samoa in Brisbane on Friday.

England play Tonga in Auckland on Saturday.

Brisbane is the destination for the final on 2 December.

The big '9' dilemma

FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Jon Wilkin

Former England international on BBC Two

"I thought Josh Hodgson started really well. But James Roby is a different player and Wayne Bennett will have to decide who's better for next week's game. James Roby offers honesty and is a dangerous running threat when he's with the ball. This is the team now, I think. The spine of the team, I'd say, would be Gareth Widdop, Kevin Brown, Luke Gale and Sean O'Loughlin. I think Sean has been insane and exceptional this tournament."

'We have to fix up ball control'

FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

England full-back Gareth Widdop: "PNG are a great team who have had a lot of success and it was a tough game today.

"I'm very pleased with the win but we need to fix up a lot of areas of ball control - at the moment that is not good enough.

"I'm happy wherever I get put and I will wait and see what Wayne decides."

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Widdop the key

FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales international on BBC Two

"The key player for me is Gareth Widdop. I think he's got that X-factor, and when you need to score tries Widdop is your man."

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FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Jon Wilkin

Former England international on BBC Two

"I think McGillvary has been the best player in the tournament. He's big and strong and balanced. It's the carries that I love. There's nobody else in rugby that can do that. Kallum Watkins instinctively supports him. For me Jermaine was man of the match."

Sinfield on media criticism of England

FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Kevin Sinfield

Former England and Leeds captain on BBC Two

"I think we've been pretty positive really. I think we're capable of winning this tournament. The boys will be critical because they will want to improve."

'Scratchy at times'

FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

England centre Kallum Watkins: "We are happy with the result, the performance was scratchy at times, especially in the first half.

"With the ball in the first half we were pretty poor but we were better in the second and scored some nice tries.

"We are really excited to be in the semi-finals and continue the journey. Tonga will be excited and have a massive crowd in New Zealand. It should be a great battle."

Two tries for Kallum Watkins. He was voted #ENGvPNG man of the match. bbc.in/2jEGg8D #bbcrl

...and again

FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Sensational. Quality from that partnership on the right edge between Watkins and Jermaine McGillvary.

Watkins finishes superbly in the corner

Man of the match class

FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Lovely work from Kallum Watkins here...

Watkins breaks away for England try

FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Kevin Sinfield

Former England and Leeds captain on BBC Two

I think we'll improve again next week and we know if we play 10/10 with Australia we can beat them.

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Paul Brown: Great win for England. Plenty of errors but get them all out the way before our next massive game against Tonga. Well done fella's.

FT: England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales international on BBC Two

We can't give Tonga those opportunities. They're bigger and stronger [than PNG] and we have to be disciplined. They're a better quality. If we make mistakes they will come at us all day.

England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Jon Wilkin

Former England international on BBC Two

The challenge is to reduce the number of errors but you can almost get a bit obsessed with it and it's a self-fulfilling prophecy.

England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Ian Millward

Former St Helens coach on BBC Two

Would I play George Williams next week if Kevin Brown does not play?

You've got to be careful with Williams because he's not a runner with the ball. You couldn't move Widdop from full-back because there's no one better in the squad. So no, you can't change Gareth Widdop.

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England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Brian Noble

Ex-Great Britain coach on BBC Two

Wayne Bennett would probably give that five out of 10. They made far too many errors but they understand the stakes next week. The three things I keep banging on about are the kicking which needs to improve, the execution and their discipline. England just need to stitch that all together.

England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Kevin Sinfield

Former England and Leeds captain on BBC Two

5/10 is a bit harsh. I would have gone six. 36-6 - it's job done. I think we've got enough to beat Tonga by playing like this. But if we can turn up in a final in a fortnight's time ad those errors don't happen, we're in with a chance

England 30-6 Papua New Guinea

Ian Millward

Former St Helens coach on BBC Two

Sometimes when we get a bit negative it's because we expect England to go deep. They are a very talented team and if they put it together they could win this World Cup.

England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

Seven tries to one, 55% possession. 56% completion rate. 20 errors.

But England are in the last four.

Australia remain the favourites, they play Fiji. But England and Tonga will both have their say.

Full time

England 36-6 Papua New Guinea

England have done what was needed. 30 points the margin of victory. 36-6 against Papua New Guinea.

Welcome to the semi-finals England, Tonga will look forward to making your acquaintance in Auckland next Saturday morning.