• Australia regained the Four Nations trophy on Saturday with a 30-8 victory over England in Leeds
  • After nearly 40 years of failure, England took the pitch with genuine hopes of beating Australia in a major tournament
  • They were quickly put on the back foot however, when Sam Thaiday beat Tom Briscoe to score after just three minutes
  • England hung on and a fine pass from Kevin Sinfield looked to have put Leeds colleague Ryan Hall in at the corner
  • Hall dropped the ball but was awarded a penalty try by the video referee for a high tackle by Johnathan Thurston
  • After Sinfield equalised with the conversion, Thurston nudged the Aussies back in front with a penalty on the stroke of half time
  • Sinfield replied with a penalty after the break but Jharal Yow Yeh touched hit back with a try and Thurston converted
  • England were still in touch until Thurston went in for the first of three tries in 15 minutes that ended their hopes
  • Greg Inglis went over unopposed minutes later after selling the England defence an outrageous dummy
  • It was left to skipper Darren Lockyer to have the final say when he scored the final try as time expired
  • So near yet so far: veteran England captain Jamie Peacock was unable to hide his disappointment...
  • But counterpart Lockyer ended his 59-cap international career on a high, celebrating Australia's triumph with his team-mates

Four Nations final

Australia regained the Four Nations trophy on Saturday with a 30-8 victory over England in Leeds