England denied again by New Zealand’s Shaun Johnson in Four Nations

• England 16-17 New Zealand

This was the opening group game for England and New Zealand but it was easily the most important and how the Kiwis’ celebrations at full-time showed it. Victory here and one win from the final two games would almost certainly be enough to progress to the final.

Defeat? The fearsome prospect of having to beat Australia in the group stage – as well as Scotland – to stand a chance of making it to Anfield. That is the daunting task that awaits Wayne Bennett and England after another case of so near yet so far.

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