Snapshot of England/Samoa RLWC semi match


*Result: Samoa (27) beat England (26) in front of 40, 489 fans at the Emirates Stadium, London.

*The story: What a turnaround for Samoa. Five weeks ago they arrived in England to be thumped in the group stages 60-6 at the hands of the tournament hosts. They became the first tier-two rugby league nation to play in the final.

*Key stat: Samoa's win ensures that this will be the first Rugby League World Cup final since 1968 that didn't feature New Zealand or Great Britain/England. Australia met France back then

*Key moment: Stephen Crichton had scored two tries including an intercept which had appeared to have won the game for Samoa late in the piece. More was to come from the Penrith man, who kicked a field goal in the 84th minute to win the game.

*Star player: England winger Tommy Makinson tried his heart out whenever he carried the ball. His jinking, energetic runs caused Samoa problems throughout the afternoon and he finished with five goals. If more of his teammates had followed his lead, it might have been a different story for the English.

*What's next: Samoa meet Australia in the final at Old Trafford next week where they will be underdogs, but their recent wins over Tonga and England will give them hope that they might be able to at least give the Kangaroos a shake.