Ikale Tahi

Fiji beats Tonga on home ground to qualify for 2019 RWC

In a tight contest at the Teufaiva Sport Stadium in Nuku’alofa, Ben Volavola kicked three penalties while Leone Nakarawa got an important try to seal the win for Fiji.

Both sides were locked at 3-all at half-time, according to Fiji Village.

Tonga took the lead early in the second half after Siegfried Fisiihoi crossed over Fiji’s tryline.

It took Fiji only two minutes to respond and Nakarawa scored Fiji’s only try in the 48th minute.

Fiji will be pooled with Australia, Wales and Georgia in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

 

Fiji beats Tonga on home ground to qualify for 2019 RWC

In a tight contest at the Teufaiva Sport Stadium in Nuku’alofa, Ben Volavola kicked three penalties while Leone Nakarawa got an important try to seal the win for Fiji.

Both sides were locked at 3-all at half-time, according to Fiji Village.

Tonga took the lead early in the second half after Siegfried Fisiihoi crossed over Fiji’s tryline.

It took Fiji only two minutes to respond and Nakarawa scored Fiji’s only try in the 48th minute.

Fiji will be pooled with Australia, Wales and Georgia in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

 

McKee names powerful and experienced Flying Fijians side to take on Tonga

McKee has stressed how important this match would be for them and that they are expecting a very physical encounter with Tonga.

He says this match against Tonga is very important for them in terms of their Rugby World Cup qualification and to achieve their goal of finishing as Oceania No 1.

McKee says Tonga played very well in winning against Samoa last week which will give them a lot of confidence coming into this match and they will backed by a very loud local crowd.

Tonga keep their cool ahead of home ground match against Fiji

It will be their second home test since 2009 following upgrades to the drainage and facilities at Teufaiva Stadium.

Some of the big names who will be playing for Tonga include Racing 92 and former Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna, fullback David Halaifonua, flanker Nili Latu, halfback Sonatane Takulua, centre Siale Piutau and Highlanders prop Siua Hala-nuko-nuka.

Fiji Village reports Tonga were beaten in Samoa and Fiji last year and need to beat Fiji to have a chance of securing automatic World Cup qualification for Japan 2019.

Tonga eyes prime opportunity for rugby history against Wales

The 'Ikale Tahi will look to make history tonight in Auckland, after eight previous attempts at defeating the Welsh.

Their last encounter was four years ago when the Wales won 17-7 in Cardiff.

Veteran flanker Nili Latu, skipper Siale Piutau and first five Latiume Fosita are survivors from that match and will start at Eden Park, while Sila Puafisi could add to his 26 caps off the bench.

Meanwhile Wales are missing 12 players to the British and Irish Lions.

Piutau admits that raises expectations.

"We've definitely spoken about it as players," he said.