Rugby League World Cup: England beat Tonga 20-18 to set up final with Australia

AUCKLAND: England reached a first World Cup last since 1995 as they survived a late Tonga fightback in Auckland to set up a meeting with holders Australia.

Wayne Bennett’s side were driving 20-0 with seven minutes staying after tries from Jermaine McGillvary, Gareth Widdop and John Bateman. However, Tevita Pangai Junior, Siliva Havili and Tuimoala Lolohea slammed over at a sold-out Mount Smart Stadium. What’s more, Andrew Fifita had an attempt discounted in the last seconds of the match.

Arbitrator Matt Cecchin decided that the prop had before lost the ball and to the fury of the Tongans did not allude it to the video official.

It was a completely throbbing, nerve-destroying end to a match played before an enthusiastic group who vigorously supported Tonga.

Britain will face the Kangaroos, who whipped Fiji 54-6 in the other semi-last, in the last in Brisbane next Saturday, 2 December.