6 Nov 2022
Match in Pictures: Tonga 18-20 Samoa
Matt Parish's side booked a rematch with England in their first ever World Cup semi
By Josh Graham at Halliwell Jones Stadium
Anthony Milford hauled Samoa into a spicy semi-final rematch with England after they toppled Tonga 20-18 in a -breathtaking quarter-final.
Matt Parish’s men were embarrassed 60-6 in the tournament’s opening game against the hosts but will have a shot at revenge at the Emirates on Saturday after outlasting their fellow Pacific Islanders in Warrington.
Milford assisted Jaydn Su’a for the opener before Daniel Tupou responded only for Jarome Luai and Siosiua Taukeiaho to exchange scores to leave the match finely poised at 12-10 at half-time.
After the sides traded penalties, Milford’s kick allowed Brian To’o to extend the Samoa lead before Sione Katoa’s breakaway score teed up a nervy finish.
However, Samoa held on to claim their first win in three against their Polynesian neighbours and secure a first-ever Rugby League World Cup semi-final.
Relive the best of the action from the fourth quarter-final with the best photos of the day.
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