Oct 25, 2014 at 7am UK at ​Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
England
32-26
Samoa
Shenton (21'), Watkins (34'), Farrell (46'), Tomkins (65'), Tomkins (68')
FT
Liu (26'), Vidot (30'), Godinet (55', 61'), Stanley (72')

Result: England top Four Nations table with win over Samoa

England hold on to win in Brisbane as they beat Samoa in a nervy encounter.

England have gone top of the Four Nations table after beating Samoa 32-26 in the first game of the tournament in Brisbane.

Both sides cancelled each other out in terms of tries, but it was the kicking of Gareth Widdop that proved the difference as he converted six times to gain valuable points.

Joel Tomkins of England celebrates a try with team mates during the Four Nations match between England and Samoa at Suncorp Stadium on October 25, 2014© Getty Images

After a scoreless 20 minutes, it was England who took the lead through Michael Shenton, only for Isaac Liu to score himself five minutes later.

The see-saw encounter then turned in the favour of the Islanders as Daniel Vidot scored on the half-hour mark.

Kallum Watkins levelled the scores once again, with brothers Sam and Joel Watkins adding tries in the second half.

Wakefield half-back Pita Godinet embarrassed the England twice in the space of seven minutes, after a couple of dummies confused the defence.

Kyle Stanley scored a 72nd-minute try to produce a nervy finish but England held on to win 32-26.

England come up against world champions Australia in their next encounter in the Four Nations next week.

Joseph Leilua of Samoa is held up by the challenge of William Barthau during the Rugby League World Cup Group B match between France and Samoa on November 11, 2013
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