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Group C - Wednesday 30th October @ 07:00am
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L: 0
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Group C - Wednesday 30th October @ 07:00am
TONGA vs. SCOTLAND
Derwent Park
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L: 0
H-T: 4
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#TONSCO
FullTime
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CROWD: 7630
H-T: 14
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And it's NO TRY! Scotland hang on to win the game! Crowd goes absolute crazy!

Scotland 26-24

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Ten seconds to go. We're going to the video referee one last time to check the grounding on a possible Tongan try. Foster flicks the ball out after attempting to score the try, but Scotland recover.

Scotland 26-24

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Three tackles to go, and Scotland hold Tonga up over the line.

Scotland 26-24

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And Kane Linnett is put in the bin for the last 47 seconds for a professional foul. Tonga opt for the tap - they're going for the win.

Scotland 26-24

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On the last, Sika Manu knocks on, but Scotland are ruled offside.

Scotland 26-24

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Time running out for Tonga tonight, they've got less than two minutes to find some points.

Scotland 26-24

78

Sika Manu puts a grubber in behind the line on the last, regathers the ball, and is tackled just 5 metres before the tryline. Exciting stuff here.

Scotland 26-24

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Scotland kick downfield on their last, and it's a good kick. It finds grass and then bounces away from the fullback. A solid chase sees Tonga start their set 30 metres from their own tryline.

Scotland 26-24

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Tonga trying everything at the Scottish men here. On the last, in solid attacking position, Fisiiahi attempts to throw a long ball out to his winger Feki, but the ball is off target and goes out on the full.

Scotland 26-24

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We're in for a great finish here at Derwent Park. 6 minutes remaining, and Scotland lead by just two points.

Scotland 26-24

72

TRY SCOTLAND
Scored by Matthew Russell. Conversion attempt by Danny Brough successful.

And it's a try! Scotland have tied the game up through Russell. Brough makes no mistake under pressure, and Scotland takes the lead back.

Scotland 26-24

72

And just for something different, we're going to the video referee. Although this time it's for a possible Scotland try. Russell burrows over, even with the attention of three defenders. We're just checking that he grounded it on the line.

Tonga 24-20

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The Scots are throwing everything at this Tonga defensive line now, desperate to score a try and put themselves back in the game.

Tonga 24-20

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Scotland get a penalty, as the Tonga hooker runs behind his own man and impedes a defender. It didn't look that bad to me, but the decision has been made.

Tonga 24-20

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And on the first tackle Scotland get a penalty. On the second tackle they kick in behind the line, and it's a terrible option. They just give possession away.

Tonga 24-20

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A great kick off from Danny Brough - it bounces towards the Scottish left sideline, and Feki has a foot on the sideline when he catches the ball. Scotland get the scrum feed from 15 metres out.

Tonga 24-20

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TRY TONGA
Scored by Willie Manu. Conversion attempt by Samisoni Langi successful.

And this time it's a try. Tonga take the lead back, finally, and Langi adds the extra two.

Tonga 24-20

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Just going to the video referee for a possible Tonga try. It's a Hail Mary bit of play, the ball loose on the ground before Konrad Hurrell kicks it off the ground across field. Scotland knock it on, and Tupou manages to get the ball to Willie Manu.

Scotland 20-18

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Scotland into the Tonga half for the first time in a while. On the last it's a terrible, pressured kick, and Tonga get the ball back 30 metres from their own line. Somo more big metres being made here from Tonga.

Scotland 20-18

62

Tonga kick into the in-goal on the last, and Wallace watches it dribble over the dead ball line. Scotland will get the ball for about the third time in this half.

Scotland 20-18

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And now Addy is penalised for not being square at marker, and then Scotland are marched ten metres further down field for a bit of backchat.

Scotland 20-18

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Scotland have made almost 70 more tackles than Tonga in this second half so far.

Scotland 20-18

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Russell cleans it up, and Scotland breathe a little easier.

Scotland 20-18

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Scotland still working hard in defense here, getting numbers into tackles, but they must be getting pretty tired by now. Tonga crash over the line through Langi, but are held up over the line by Wallace. Last tackle for Tonga.

Scotland 20-18

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A terrible pass on their own line sees Scotland knock on. The Video referee rules a double knock on, and Tonga get the scrum feed ten metres out.

Scotland 20-18

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Video referee is getting an absolute workout here tonight. Just checking on another possible Tongan try.

Scotland 20-18

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On the last, Foster fails to make his kick, and it's a changeover.

Scotland 20-18

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From the kick off Tonga sprint down the left of the field, making almost 50 metres before being tackled. By the third tackle they are already in attacking position at Scotland's end of the field.

Scotland 20-18

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TRY TONGA
Scored by Sika Manu. Conversion attempt by Samisoni Langi unsuccessful.

And it's a try. Benefit of the doubt goes to Manu, as the frame rate of the video replay isn't enough to make a decision either way. It looks like Manu's hand has just brushed over the top of the ball, but there's enough doubt there to award the try. Langi fails with the conversion, and Scotland are hanging on by the skin of their teeth.

Scotland 20-18

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We're going to the video referee again for another possible Tongan try. The Tongans work from left to right, before grubbering into the in goal. The Scottish defenders can't clean it up, and Sika Manu stretches a fingertip out to attempt to put downward pressure on the ball.

Scotland 20-14

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Tonga making massive metres off their sets now.

Scotland 20-14

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And it's another no try. Tupou is ruled to have made a double movement in the act of attempting to score the try. Scotland are just hanging on.

Scotland 20-14

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Langi goes high this time, and Tupou comes down with the ball, before stretching out to plant the ball over the tryline. We're going to the video referee to check the offside and grounding.

Scotland 20-14

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But Brett Carter has saved his team, as he grounds the ball just moments before Tonga can score. It's a line drop out, and Scotland will need to defend strongly in this set.

Scotland 20-14

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We're going to the video referee again. Fisiiahi may have scored. Langi kicks a grubber through and players fall over themselves everywhere, before Fisiiahi dives on the ball.

Scotland 20-14

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Brough kicks off after the try, but it goes out on the full. Tonga get the penalty on half way.

Scotland 20-14

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TRY TONGA
Scored by Nafe Seluini. Conversion attempt by Samisoni Langi unsuccessful.

And after the penalties, Nafe Seluini crashes over the try line, to further decrease Scotland's lead. Langi can't convert.

Scotland 20-14

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Tonga get a penalty, and then are piggybacked with another one shortly after. Scotland congratulate each other thinking they have forced a knock on, but the ref overrides his own ruling, and grants Tonga a penalty for a strip.

Scotland 20-10

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Brough kicks on the last, and is fielded well by Daniel Foster. He breaks the line, and sprints down the right sideline, before diving to the grass to avoid being pushed over the sideline.

Scotland 20-10

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And now Tonga are penalised for stripping the ball in the tackle. Scotland on the attack only 10 metres out.

Scotland 20-10

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Scotland kick back to the left of the field on the last, into the in goal. Feki fields the ball, and then turns around to see 6 Scottish players chasing the kick. Scotland get a repeat set.

Scotland 20-10

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Tupou runs down the left side of the field, and then kicks back in field. The ball hits a Scottish player, and goes over the sideline, but referee Shayne Hayne rules that he didn't play at it. Scotland will get the scrum feed.

Scotland 20-10

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Taufua and Hurrell have swapped jumpers now, just to confuse things. They started the game in the wrong jumpers, but have changed as they came out for the second half.

Scotland 20-10

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And it's a try. Ashley Klein checks firstly that the chasers were onside from the kick, and then also checks the grounding. No problems. Sika Manu scores, after a neat grubber kick from infield. Langi lines up the kick from right of the posts, and shaves the inside of the right post.

Scotland 20-10

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And we're going to the video referee for a possible Tongan try.

Scotland 20-4

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Tonga only ten metres out now, and it's MoiMoi with a massive hit up. He draws five defenders.

Scotland 20-4

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And we're back underway in the second half. MoiMoi takes the first hit up, and breaks the first tackle. Mickey Paea does the same thing with the second tackle, and then Scotland are penalised on the third. A great start for Tonga.

Scotland 20-4

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Half time here at Derwent Park, and Tonga look rattled. Scotland are really aiming up, and lead 20-4 at the break. Tonga look like they may have needed a warm up game - they were much fancied coming into the match, and seem a bit rusty. Fisiiahi is having a nightmare at the back, and some poor discipline hasn't helped their cause either.

Scotland 20-4

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And right on half time Sika Manu is penalised for stealing the ball. Brough will attempt a penalty kick after the hooter has gone, from almost 50 metres out. He has the length, but just pushes it wide. Just.

Scotland 20-4

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TRY SCOTLAND
Scored by Brett Carter. Conversion attempt by Danny Brough successful.

And Brett Carter scores untouched in the corner. Fisiiahi's mistake proves to be costly, as Scotland spread the ball wide. The Tongan defenders come in field to mark the inside men, leaving Carter unmarked. A cut out pass, and he crosses. Brough bounces the ball off the cross bar, but it trickles over.

Scotland 20-4

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Wallace turns it back inside, before spreading it wide on the next tackle.

Scotland 14-4

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Another mistake from Fisiiahi. He attempts to catch the ball bouncing past him into the in-goal, but only gets a hand to it. He's ruled to have knocked it on, and Scotland get a scrum feed on the ten metre line.

Scotland 14-4

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Tonga trying to muscle their way through the defensive line, short passes to big men crashing forward. Scotland are matching them at every turn. On the last, they attempt to pass from the ground, and Shayne Hayne rules a changeover.

Scotland 14-4

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On the last Tonga kick high, and it swirls down field toward Russell. It swirls away from him at the last second, and he knocks the ball on. Tonga in fine attacking position now.

Scotland 14-4

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Scotland still getting massive numbers in defense, and chasing every kick hard. They're getting up fast in defense, and cutting down the time Tonga has to get a run up.

Scotland 14-4

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TRY SCOTLAND
Scored by Ben Fisher. Conversion attempt by Danny Brough successful.

And Scotland further increase their lead now. Fisher kicks in behind the try line, and chases through his own kick. Tonga make a mess of it, and Fisher dives on it for a try. Brough converts from just wide of the posts.

Scotland 14-4

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Tonga's kicking game is well off tonight - they've attempted to kick in-goal again, but it's been clubbed into row 5 instead. Their completion rate is pretty poor too, well under 60%.

Scotland 8-4

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Russell comes into the line from behind, trying to find a gap. On the last, it's a bad pass to Wallace, and he knocks the ball on, but Tonga are ruled offside. Scotland will get a repeat set.

Scotland 8-4

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Tonga put the ball out over the sideline, and Scotland get the scrum feed just their side of halfway.

Scotland 8-4

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Scotland try to go down the right side of the field. It's the wrong option, and they lose the ball. Tonga hit the ball up through Taufua, who runs clean over the top of the first defender. It was like watching a bull play against the under 12s.

Scotland 8-4

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Another penalty for Scotland, as Tonga are all ruled offside at the play the ball. Scotland kick down field, and will start their set from 20metres out. Wallace marshalling his troops vocally.

Scotland 8-4

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Scotland really seen to be muscling up in defense here. They are giving away about 5kg per man across the park, but they are getting numbers into every tackle, and really stopping the Tongans in their tracks.

Scotland 8-4

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Feki attempts to come back in field after running down the right sideline, but Linnett is up to the task, and takes him out over the sideline.

Scotland 8-4

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Tonga get a penalty now, Wallace penalised for hitting Taumalolo in the head in the tackle. Tonga decide not to take the penalty kick, instead attempting to score the try.

Scotland 8-4

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A big run from Kane Linnett, dragging a couple of defenders with him for a 15 metre gain. Next play Adam Walker opts to chip kick over the top, but puts too much on it and the ball floats over the sideline on the full.

Scotland 8-4

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SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL SCOTLAND
Penalty goal attempt by Danny Brough successful.

And from that penalty Scotland opts to kick a penalty goal. Danny Brough lines it up from in front of the posts, and puts it right over the black dot. Scotland extend their lead.

Scotland 8-4

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Play back underway. Scotland work their way down field on their next set, and make it to just in front of the posts. In a tackle, Sika Manu has a second shot at the Scotland attacker, and is penalised for his trouble.

Scotland 6-4

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Ben Murdoch-Masila returns the ball strongly but is twisted in the tackle, and his right knee gets caught under him. He loses the ball in the tackle, but time is stopped while the trainers attend to him.

Scotland 6-4

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An attempted 40/20 by Tonga is foiled by Alex Hurst, as he bats the ball back infield - however the ball rolls dead. Scotland take the drop out.

Scotland 6-4

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On the last, Wallace tries to put the ball into the in-goal area, but Fisiiahi is up to the task, and swoops on the ball before it can make it into the in-goal.

Scotland 6-4

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Scotland with a bit of confidence now. A couple of quick darts sees some good metres made, before a bit of a scuffle breaks out - Ferguson taking offense to a bit of a working in the tackle. Scotland get the penalty and work their way downfield.

Scotland 6-4

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Langi kicks off and it drops just short of the try line. Russell has some work to do - having to run foward 5 metres to take the ball.

Scotland 6-4

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TRY SCOTLAND
Scored by Matthew Russell. Conversion attempt by Danny Brough successful.

Some incisive running from the Scotland fullback here - he's a broken play specialist, and he darts around a fractured defensive line, breaking tackles, before finding open space and diving over just right of the posts. Brough lines up for the kick, and makes no mistake. Scotland take the lead.

Scotland 6-4

13

Tackle two, and Douglas very nearly loses the ball.

Tonga 4-0

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On the last, and this time Scotland get to their kick. It's not a bad one either, and they get a repeat set of six.

Tonga 4-0

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A strong run from Taumalolo, but on the next tackle Ian Henderson drives in low under the ribcage and forces the ball loose. Willie Manu isn't impressed with himself. Scotland kick for touch, but only find ten metres.

Tonga 4-0

11

On the last Scotland again fail to make a kick, instead running the ball down the blindside. They're looking a bit panicked at the end of their sets.

Tonga 4-0

10

Scotland kick off after the try, and the ball bounces nicely for Addy, who collects the ball for Scotland. They've got an attacking opportunity from within ten metres.

Tonga 4-0

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TRY TONGA
Scored by Glen Fisiiahi. Conversion attempt by Samisoni Langi unsuccessful.

Tonga work their way downfield on the next set, and late in the set Fisiiahi dives over for a try. Wasn't great defense - a simple lack of marking up. Samisoni Langi lines up the kick, but can't convert.

Tonga 4-0

7

Wallace gets absolutely hammered by Taufua, picked up and dumped on his back. A couple of tackles later Scotland don't realise it's the last, and get tackled with the ball in hand. Changeover.

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Tonga working a very short blind side here, before kicking to centre field on the last. But he fails to factor in the short in goal, and the ball rolls dead. Scotland off the hook.

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Hurrell with a strong run, bouncing off defenders. Tonga now only 3 metres out. Willie Manu almost scores, but is dragged down short. On the next play Tonga kick into the in goal, and Hurst bats it over the dead ball line.

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Scotland are penalised for messing with the ruck after the tackle. Ferguson milked it well, holding the jumper of the defender as he rose.

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A strong run from Luke Douglas, and Scotland get out of their own 20 metres for the first time today.

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And now MoiMoi has put the ball to ground. The pass from Havili is too quick, and MoiMoi can't control it.

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And it's rattled Scotland. On only the second tackle they attempt an offload and lose the ball. Tonga in strong attacking position.

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And we have kick off. Tonga kicking downfield to the Scotland side, and then set the foundation with a bruising tackle.

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There'll be a few chills down spines after that Sipi Tau from the Tongan side.

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Crowd is pumped tonight - it's not a huge stadium, but the fans are absolutely packed in hip to hip.

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Welcome to Derwent Park tonight for this Group C clash between Tonga and Scotland. Both teams have just taken the field - not far from kick off now.

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Referees: Shayne Hayne

Touch Judges: Warren Turley, Matthew Thomason

Video Referee: Ashley Klein

TONGA (24)
Tries: Glen Fisiiahi, Sika Manu (2), Nafe Seluini, Willie Manu
Field Goals:
Conversions: Samisoni Langi (2/5)
Penalty Goals:

SCOTLAND (26)
Tries: Matthew Russell (2), Ben Fisher, Brett Carter
Field Goals:
Conversions: Danny Brough (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Danny Brough (1/1)



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