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Sunday, October 26, 2003
England 35-22 Samoa
From the BBC: "England survived an almighty scare as they stuttered into the World Cup quarter-finals with a lacklustre display against a scintillating Samoan side in Melbourne.

Samoa won the plaudits of the crowd with some superb attacking play, while England struggled with their handling, ball retention and general positioning.

Even the ever-reliable Jonny Wilkinson looked out of sorts as England led by a solitary point with just 10 minutes remaining.

In the end, though, their superior fitness was enough to steer them clear, with a penalty try and scores by Neil Back, Iain Balshaw and Phil Vickery, as well as 15 points from Wilkinson's boot.

The victory means England play either New Zealand or, more likely, Wales in the last eight."
Posted at 10:39 AM by John.

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