12 Nov 2022
Match in Pictures: England 26-27 Samoa
Relive the action from a dramatic semi-final at the Emirates
By Josh Graham at Emirates Stadium
Stephen Crichton’s field goal in extra time broke English hearts and booked Samoa’s spot in their first ever Rugby League World Cup final against Australia.
Tim Lafai also crossed for two tries as the Pacific Islanders avenged their opening 60-6 defeat to the hosts in stunning style in North London.
Lafai and Ligi Sao went over either side of Elliott Whitehead’s score to give Matt Parish’s men a 10-6 lead at half-time.
Lafai added another after the break either side of two for Crichton as England made inroads through Tommy Makinson and Herbie Farnworth’s double.
Makinson’s conversion under enormous pressure sent the game to golden point and Crichton proved to be the matchwinner after sitting deep in the pocket to slot the one-pointer and stun the home crowd of 40,489.
Relive the action from North London with the best photos from the second semi-final.
The Rugby League World Cup promises to be the biggest, best and most inclusive event in the sport’s 127-year history with men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams competing in 61 games across 21 venues throughout England. Tickets are available via rlwc2021.com/tickets