Full Time
80:00
3:20pm Sat June 25, 2022
Representative Round - Mt Smart Stadium, Penrose - Crowd: 20766
80min

Kotoni Staggs kicks from the scrum; Jordan Rapana loses possession as the full-time siren sounds.

79min

Sitili Tupouniua is taken over the sideline after dislodging the ball from Joseph Manu's grasp.

78min

Briton Nikora has been held up over the line - good work from the Tongan defence to hold the makeshift centre up.

78min

The Kiwis win the challenge with the bunker ruling a mutual infringement.

78min

New Zealand are challenging the call of Ronaldo Mulitalo being taken over the sideline.

77min

Sione Katoa plays at the ball to deny his Cronulla teammate - Ronaldo Mulitalo - a try.

76min

Hughes toes the ball in the in-goal; Sitili Tupouniua gets to the ball first for a line drop out.

76min

Manu is cut down close to the try line.

75min

The Tongan side have struggled today with nine debutants and a hugely inexperienced spine.

75min

Soni Luke loses the ball.

74min

Peta Hiku loses the ball just as the Kiwis were looking dangerous.

73min

Staggs puts up a bomb; Joey Manu catches and cops a heavy tackle from Moses Suli.

72min

Ronaldo Mulitalo makes a good catch (despite appearing to knock on).

71min

Sione Katoa pounces on a loose pass.

70min

Jahrome Hughes breaks away and is finally cut down by Tolutau Koula.

70min

Soni Luke puts up a bomb which bounces into the hands of Dylan Brown.

68min

Joey Manu makes another terrific kick-return.

67min

Kieran Foran is on the field at dummy half.

66min

Amone has come from the field with Soni Luke shifting to halfback.

66min

Talatau Amone is tackled on the last play.

65min

New Zealand make an error after points.

62min

Conversion: New Zealand
Kicked by Jordan Rapana.

Rapana keeps his perfect record in tact.

New Zealand lead New Zealand 26 - 6 Tonga
61min

Great work from Fisher-Harris to deliver the pass for Papali'i to score.

61min

Try: New Zealand
Scored by Isaiah Papali'i. Kick to come.

Isaiah Papali'i reaches out to seal the result.

New Zealand lead New Zealand 24 - 6 Tonga
60min

Briton Nikora is on the field for New Zealand.

60min

Jordan Rapana collects the short drop out.

59min

Jahrome Hughes puts in a brilliant kick which results in a line drop out with Tolutau Koula touching the ball with a foot over the dead ball line.

58min

Manu dances across the field, puts in a grubber kick and Koula narrowly manages to get out of the in-goal.

57min

Joey Manu is tackled in the air and draws a penalty.

57min

Tonga put in another short re-start and regain possession.

56min

Joseph Manu makes a huge run and puts in a grubber kick to force a repeat set.

55min

Jordan Rapana belts Christian Tuipulotu with a tremendous hit.

55min

Haumole Olakau'atu is on the field for his Test debut.

55min

Jesse Bromwich comes up with another error.

54min

Tonga lose possession in their half after a solid hit from Brandon Smith.

53min

Jesse Bromwich is back on for the Kiwis.

53min

We've yet to see Kieran Foran, Briton Nikora or Haumole Olakau'atu in this match.

52min

Soni Luke puts in a good kick followed up by a solid chase to trap Joey Manu inside his 20 metre zone.

51min

Jordan Rapana juggles a pass from Joey Manu and slides over the sideline.

50min

Marata Niukore pulls off a great hit on Talatau Amone to force an error.

49min

Kenny Bromwich knocks on - both teams are struggling to lay a platform in the second half.

48min

Will Penisini loses the ball close to the Tongan line - New Zealand will look to capitalise here.

47min

Moses Leota loses the ball.

46min

New Zealand win the challenge with Jordan Rapana playing the ball 10 metres out from the Tongan line.

46min

Tonga come up with a short drop out, New Zealand are deemed to have knocked on. The Kiwis are challenging the ruling.

45min

Koula knocks on and play will resume with a line drop out.

43min

Tonga have the ball stripped close to their try line, but New Zealand is ruled to have knocked on to alleviate the pressure.

42min

Tolutau Koula manages to stay in the field of play after a great attacking kick from Jahrome Hughes.

41min

Christian Tuipulotu makes a nice catch - the Manly player has been heavily involved in his Test debut.

40min

Moses Leota returns the ball to get the second half underway.

40min

Peta Hiku knocks on as the Kiwis spread the ball after the halftime siren.

39min

Christian Tuipulotu is back on the field.

38min

Kotoni Staggs comes up with another important tackle on Hiku.

37min

Sione Katoa can't hold onto a pass from Will Penisini just as Tonga were looking dangerous inside the New Zealand half.

36min

Tonga find touch inside the New Zealand half from a penalty.

36min

Soni Luke is on for his test debut.

35min

Tonga get a penalty inside their own half.

34min

Nelson Asofa-Solomona cleans up a Tongan bomb that bounces inside the New Zealand half.

33min

Peta Hiku slides into touch; Tonga receive a relieving penalty with Jordan Rapana ruled to have pushed a Tongan player in the back.

32min

Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Moeaki Fotuaika are on for their respective sides.

32min

Conversion: New Zealand
Kicked by Jordan Rapana.

Rapana nails the kick from the sideline.

New Zealand lead New Zealand 20 - 6 Tonga
31min

Try: New Zealand
Scored by Ronaldo Mulitalo. Kick to come.

Dylan Brown fires a cut-out pass for Mulitalo to plant the ball down narrowly inside the corner post.

New Zealand lead New Zealand 18 - 6 Tonga
30min

Kotoni Staggs makes a try-saving tackle on Peta Hiku.

29min

The atmosphere of the match is something to behold.

29min

Christian Tuipulotu holds down Jordan Rapana with the try line in sight and is sent to the bin.

28min

Rain is starting to fall as Tolu Koula makes an error.

27min

Both teams are trading sets - the match appears to have settled into a groove after the frenetic opening.

26min

Moses Leota busts through the defence over halfway.

24min

Conversion: New Zealand
Kicked by Jordan Rapana.

Rapana gets his third kick of the day.

New Zealand lead New Zealand 14 - 6 Tonga
24min

The Kiwis will kick to take the lead beyond a converted try.

23min

New Zealand penalty close to the posts.

22min

Tevita Tatola is on for Addin Fonua-Blake.

21min

Isaiah Papali'i puts an attacking kick in; Tuipulotu cleans up close to the try line.

21min

Moses Leota is on for the Kiwis.

21min

Staggs gets a kick away - Tonga aren't nailing their last tackle options during the opening quarter.

19min

Christian Tuipulotu makes an important catch to prevent Jordan Rapana from scoring the Kiwi's third.

18min

Joey Manu is tackled short of the line after Fisher-Harris' monstrous run.

17min

James Fisher-Harris is into space and makes a huge run to be cut down a metre from the try line.

17min

Amone puts up a bomb fielded by Joey Manu in the set following points.

16min

This has been a thrilling opening with New Zealand dominating early and Tonga capitalising on their opportunities.

16min

Conversion: Tonga
Kicked by Kotoni Staggs.

Staggs converts from the sideline.

New Zealand lead New Zealand 12 - 6 Tonga
15min

The visitors find space on the right and capitalise on Bromwich's error.

14min

Try: Tonga
Scored by Sione Katoa. Kick to come.

Tonga strike back!

New Zealand lead New Zealand 12 - 4 Tonga
13min

Jesse Bromwich loses the ball inside the New Zealand half - this is the opportunity Tonga has been waiting for.

13min

Staggs' kick bounces over the sideline to bring about a rare stoppage.

12min

Sione Katoa cleans up a nicely-placed kick from Hughes.

11min

Talatau Amone manages to get a kick away just in time.

10min

Mulitalo contests a bomb from Dylan Brown; Koula is able to get to the ball before the New Zealand chasers.

9min

Tonga need to stem the flow of points quickly or this match may be over before it begins.

8min

Conversion: New Zealand
Kicked by Jordan Rapana.

Rapana has 8 points in as many minutes!

New Zealand lead New Zealand 12 - 0 Tonga
8min

James Fisher-Harris did a great job to keep the ball moving in the lead up to that try.

7min

The Kiwis are dominating in the opening exchanges!

7min

Try: New Zealand
Scored by Jordan Rapana. Kick to come.

Kenny Bromwich makes a break, links with Dylan Brown, who sends Rapana underneath the posts!

New Zealand lead New Zealand 10 - 0 Tonga
6min

Havili puts in a kick; Mulitalo returns on his 20 metre line.

6min

Hughes gets a kick away and Koula returns the ball over his 20 metre line.

5min

Brandon Smith takes another run and crosses over the 40 metre line.

5min

Conversion: New Zealand
Kicked by Jordan Rapana.

Rapana kicks his first goal for New Zealand.

New Zealand lead New Zealand 6 - 0 Tonga
4min

Hughes scored in his test debut against Tonga in 2019 and has crossed for the first try in his first starting appearance.

3min

Try: New Zealand
Scored by Jahrome Hughes. Kick to come.

Hughes takes on the line and manages to get the ball down to open the scoring.

New Zealand lead New Zealand 4 - 0 Tonga
3min

Brandon Smith takes on the line and is forced back by the Tongan defence.

2min

The Kiwis will get another attacking set 10 metres out from the try line.

2min

Christian Tuipulotu saves a try by knocking down a pass intended for Jordan Rapana.

1min

New Zealand penalty.

1min

Ronaldo Mulitalo takes a catch with plenty of pressure from the Tongan chasers.

Addin Fonua-Blake takes the first run of the match.

The National Anthem's have been sung. Both teams have performed their traditional dances. Kick-off is moments away - INTERNATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE IS BACK!

Tonga have named nine players set to make their first appearances at test level - Tolutau Koula, Christian Tuipulotu Will Penisini, Sione Katoa, Talatau Amone, Keaon Koloamatangi, Soni Luke, Haumole Olakau’atu, Moeaki Fotuaika.

New Zealand will field four debutants - Ronaldo Mulitalo, Marata Niukore, Dylan Brown and Moses Leota.

Jason Taumalolo and Siosiua Taukeiaho will co-captain Tonga.

Jesse Bromwich will regain the Kiwi captaincy for the first time since the ANZAC Test in 2017.

This is the first meeting between the two sides since the Representative Round three years ago where New Zealand claimed a 34-14 victory.

Welcome to League Unlimited’s coverage of International Rugby League between New Zealand and Tonga from Mt Smart Stadium.

Referees & scorers:

Referee: Grant Atkins

Touch Judges: Liam Kennedy, Paki Parkinson

Video Referee: Chris Butler

NEW ZEALAND (26)
Tries: Jahrome Hughes, Jordan Rapana, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Isaiah Papali'i
Conversions: Jordan Rapana (5/5)

TONGA (6)
Tries: Sione Katoa
Conversions: Kotoni Staggs (1/1)