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Fiji knock New Zealand out of Rugby League World Cup

Fiji are into the semi-finals. Credit: PA

New Zealand are out of the World Cup after Fiji edged a try-less game to book a World Cup semi-final date with Australia.

The Kiwis, finalists in the last three tournaments, looked a shadow of their former selves and Fiji took advantage to claim a 4-2 victory in an error-strewn first meeting between the sides.

Fiji dominated the first half in Wellington but were too slow and laboured to break the Kiwis down as they failed to add to Apisai Koroisau's penalty.

The Bati could not make the most of Jordan Rapana's sin-binning and only held a slender advantage heading into the closing stages after Shaun Johnson and Taane Milne exchanged two-pointers.

But that proved to be enough as they held on to reach a third successive semi-final.


Four Nations report: England 16-17 New Zealand

England couldn't prevent New Zealand's narrow win. Credit: PA

New Zealand half-back Shaun Johnson was again the scourge of England as they fell agonisingly short in their Ladbrokes Four Nations opener in Huddersfield.

The man who broke English hearts in the 2013 World Cup semi-final returned to haunt them in his first game back in the country by orchestrating a 17-16 victory for New Zealand.

Johnson ran the show throughout and came up with the crucial scores, a 70-metre interception try and the winning drop goal, to put the Kiwis in sight of the Anfield final and leave England with the onerous task of beating Australia to give themselves a chance of glory.

Winger Jordan Rapana scored two of New Zealand's three tries on only his second appearance to help David Kidwell celebrate his first victory as head coach.

The narrow defeat spoiled the homecoming of new England skipper Sam Burgess, who produced a typically forceful display in a thrilling clash at a sold out John Smith's Stadium, which was marred only in the late stages when he twice over-played in his side's desperate, frantic bid to snatch the spoils.

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