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Samoa’s second-row forward Jaydn Su’a scored the first try of a thrilling match

Rugby League World Cup 2021
Tonga (10) 18
Tries: Tupou, Taukeiaho, Katoa Goals: Katoa (2)
Samoa (12) 20
Tries: Su’a, Luai, To’o Goals: Crichton (3)

Samoa set up a World Cup semi-final meeting with England after edging a pulsating encounter against Tonga in Warrington.

Tries from Jaydn Su’a and Jarome Luai gave Samoa a slender half-time lead, with Daniel Tupou and Siosiua Taukeiaho crossing for Kristian Woolf’s side.

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Brian To’o’s converted try secured the win, despite Sione Katoa’s late effort for Tonga ensuring a grandstand finish.

Samoa will now face England at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Defending champions Australia will face New Zealand in Friday’s first semi-final in Leeds.

More to follow.