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Rugby League World Cup Final 2008
25 October-22 November 2008
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Rob Burrow scores a try for England

England 24-36 New Zealand: Mickey Higham and Rob Burrow score tries in the opening five minutes as England storm into a 12-0 lead

England's Martin Gleeson races clear to score a try

Manu Vatuvei crashes over in reply for the Kiwis, but Martin Gleeson races clear to put England 18-4 ahead

England's Ben Westwood loses his shorts in a tackle

It is a predictably hard-hitting contest with the odd cheeky moment as England's Ben Westwood loses his shorts mid-tackle

Rob Burrow scores his second try for England

Lance Hohaia responds for New Zealand but Burrow's clever side-step and burst of speed opens the door for his second try

James Nightingale scores a try for New Zealand

The Kiwis will not lie down though and James Nightingale sneaks over in the corner, but England lead 24-14 at the interval

Manu Vatuvei scores a try for New Zealand

However, winger Manu Matuvei strolls over for two tries to bring up his hat-trick and level the scores as England toil after the break

Nathan Fien (centre) is congratulated after scoring a try for New Zealand

A Kiwi penalty puts them ahead for the first time in the game before Nathan Fien scurries over to heap more misery on England

Manu Vatuvei celebrates scoring his fourth try

And when Vatuvei ghosts over for his fourth try, the game is all-but over as the Kiwis lead 36-24 with time running out

Martin Gleeson and England team-mates

It's another disappointing defeat for England, but they should have the chance for revenge against the Kiwis in the semi-final

Tonga's Feleti Mateo

Scotland 0-48 Tonga: Tonga's Feleti Mateo puts pressure on the tired Scotland side with an early try

Eddie Paea is congratulated by his teammates

Tonga's Eddie Paea is congratulated after crossing for another score as Tonga race into a 24-0 half-time lead

Tonga's Kimi Uasi is stopped in his tracks

Kimi Uasi is stopped in his track by Scotland's Duncan McGillivray, in his farewell match

Fetuili Talanoa (centre) is congratulated after scoring a try for Tonga

But Fetuili Talanoa crosses as Tonga run in eight unanswered tries to wrap up a comfortable victory



see also
England 24-36 New Zealand
08 Nov 08 |  Rugby League
Scotland 0-48 Tonga
08 Nov 08 |  Rugby League


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