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4 Nations Match Review: England 32 Samoa 26

England 32
Tries: Michael Shenton, Joel Tomkins, Sam Tomkins, Kallum Watkins, Liam Farrell
Goals:Gareth Widdop 6/6

Samoa 26
Tries:Pita Godinet 2, Daniel Vidot, Isaac Liu, Antonio Winterstein
Goals:Kyle Stanley 2/3, Ben Roberts 1/2

England have beaten a brave Samoan team 32-26 tonight at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, in a thrilling start to the 2014 Four Nations tournament.

Samoa dominated the opening 15 minutes but had nothing to show for it and conceded the first try to England centre Michael Shenton in the 22nd minute; England interchange hooker Daryl Clark found space in the Samoan defensive line and brilliantly set up his centre for the game’s opening points.

Just two minutes later a powerful try to Isaac Liu under the posts allowed Kyle Stanley to tie the game up at 6-all and the Samoans edged in front with an unconverted try to winger Daniel Vidot in the 30th minute.

Their lead lasted just 4 minutes when an impressive try to centre Kallum Watkins saw England pull ahead 12-10 before a late Gareth Widdop penalty goal saw his side lead 14-10 at half time.

Much like the opening 20 minutes of the first half, the second half was a close affair.

England went further ahead via a converted Liam Farrell try in the 46th minute, well set up by five eighth Widdop, before Samoan interchange hooker Pita Godinet set the game alight with two tries in 15 minutes to earn his side a 22-20 lead after 61 minutes.

In the 64th minute a controversial try to Joel Tomkins saw England move out to a 26-22 lead, and 4 minutes later, the other Tomkins, Sam, took advantage of a spilled bomb by Samoan fullback Tim Simona to reach out and score beside the posts. A late try to Samoan winger Antonio Winterstein saw his side fall just six points short in an entertaining match.

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