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Tonga off the mark

Tonga claimed their first win of the World Cup as they condemned Pool A rivals Japan to a 31-18 defeat in an entertaining match in Whangarei.

Early tries from number eight Vili Ma'afu and lock Lua Lokotui gave Tonga an early lead, with a further try from wing Fetu'u Vainikolo and 16 points from the boot of fly-half Kurt Morath sealing the victory.

Japan hit back with tries from prop Kensuke Hatakeyama, flanker Michael Leitch and centre Alisi Tupuailei, plus a penalty from Shaun Webb, but they paid the price for being unable to consistently match the physicality of their opponents.


From Belfast Telegraph