MELBOURNE (AFP) – Australia stayed alive in the Four Nations rugby league tournament with a thrilling 16-12 comeback win over England in Melbourne on Sunday.
Facing the threat of missing their first major final in 60 years, the Kangaroos clawed back after trailing 12-4 at half-time and scored two converted tries in the second half.
England, who would have joined New Zealand in the final had they won, led until 17 minutes from full-time but the Kangaroos came home strongly.
The match finished controversially when the video referee disallowed a fingertip try to winger Ryan Hall in the final minute, which would have given England a winning chance with a sideline conversion.
The ball was loose over the Australian try-line and Greg Inglis desperately tried to knock it dead in goal, with
Hall scrambling to get his hand on the ball.
After several replays the video referee ruled that Hall had not applied downward pressure on the ball and got the last touch – a ruling which gave Australia the ball to close out the match.