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The players are out and we're all set for the national anthems.
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We are 15 minutes away from kick off. Stay tuned for all the live action.
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Match Officials: Referee - Nic Berry (Australia) Assistant Referee - Paul Williams (New Zealand) Assistant Referee - Matthew Carley (England) TMO - Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
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France will be looking to get their third straight win and secure their knockout spot today. However Tonga beat France the last they met at a World Cup in 2011. Are we going to see another giant killing?
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Tonga Replacements: 16 Sosefo Sakalia, 17 Vunipola Fifita, 18 Siua Halanukonuka, 19 Sitiveni Mafi, 20 Nasi Manu, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Latiume Fosita, 23 Atieli Pakalani.
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Tonga Starting Line-up: 15 Telusa Veainu, 14 Cooper Vuna, 13 Malietoa Hingano, 12 Siale Piutau (captain), 11 David Halaifonua, 10 James Faiva, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 8 Maama Vaipulu, 7 Zane Kapeli, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Halaleva Fifita, 4 Sam Lousi, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Paula Ngauamo, 1 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi.
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France Replacements: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Emerick Setiano, 19 Bernard Le Roux, 20 Yacouba Camara, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Camille Lopez, 23 Pierre-Louis Barassi.
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France Starting Line-up: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Sofiane Guitoune, 11 Alivereti Raka, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Gregorie Alldritt, 7 Charles Ollivon, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4 Paul Gabrillagues, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Jefferson Poirot
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2019 Rugby World Cup match between France and Tonga at the Kumamoto Stadium.
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KICK OFF! 0-0. France will get us underway as Ntamack sends the ball high and it comes back on the French side. Ntamack then searches for the corner and finds touch just inside the 22.
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France struggle to control the ball so Ntamack puts a grubber through again. He finds touch 10 meters from Tonga's line.
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PENALTY! FRANCE! NTAMACK! 3-0. Tonga concede a penalty for holding on right beneath their posts. Ntamack easily converts.
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TRY! FRANCE! VAKATAWA! 8-0. Superb try by the French. Tonga lose a line-out just outside the French 22 and the counter is on. They go wide and Raka straightens beautifully before offloading inside to Vakatawa to score beneath the posts.
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CONVERSION! NTAMACK! 10-0. Easily converted by Ntamack.
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France straight back onto the attack but knock it on. Tonga have the scrum on their own 22, 15 meters from their left hand touch.
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Faiva kicks away good possession and France have a 22 drop-out.
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Tonga should score with a huge overlap but Vaipulu knocks it on. France counter and win a penalty on Tonga's 22. Ntamack will kick at goal.
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Ntamack pulls his penalty attempt wide from out wide.
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First scrum penalty goes to Tonga on the halfway line. Faiva will go for touch.
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Tonga attacking on France's 22 but lose the ball and the French counter again. Vakatawa draws a man and passes to Raka who just runs out of space on the halfway line.
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Ntamack is penalised for knocking the ball down and Tonga have a line-out on the French 22.
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France with a knock-on inside their own half. Tonga coming into the game quite nicely.
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France with a line-out inside Tonga's 22.
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End to end stuff here. Tonga turn it over inside their own 22 and the kick ahead is a good one but the chase isn't as good. Penaud plays in Raka who breaks back to Tonga's 22 and when he is tackled he looses the ball.
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Tonga attack from deep and find some space on the inside shoulder but again Vaipulu can't hold onto the ball. France scrum on Tonga's 22, centre field.
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TRY! FRANCE! RAKA! 15-0. France win a penalty at the scrum and Serin takes it quickly, passes wide to Raka who puts in a little grubber, collects and scores. Superb by the winger.
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CONVERSION! NTAMACK! 17-0. Ntamack converts from a tight angle to add the extras.
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Tonga need to make this count. They have a line-out just inside the French 22.
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HALF TIME! 17-7. France go into the break with a 10-point lead. It was a fantastic start by France as Vakatawa went over after good work by Raka. Raka later scored a brilliant try himself but Tonga fought back well to score at the end.
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CONVERSION! TAKALUA! 17-7. Takalua converts from right in front and its a 10-point ball game again.
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TRY! TONGA! TAKALUA! 17-5. Tonga finish the half on a high as Takalua goes over from close range after numerous phases by the forwards.
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KICK OFF! 17-7. Tonga get the second half underway. Tonga will want early points to put some pressure on France.
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Tonga have a scrum on the halfway line and they absolutely annihilate the French. Penalty to Tonga and they put it out inside the 22.
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So close! Tonga take the ball through 12 phases but concede a penalty a meter from the try-line.
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France score through Ollivon after a breakaway but it is called back for a forward pass. A brilliant try but Tonga stay in it.
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TRY! TONGA! HINGANO! 17-12. What a try! Tonga break out from their own 22 and the ball is hacked forward. It is allowed to bounce and its nasty for France. Hingano collects and scores. Game on!
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CONVERSION! TAKULUA! 17-14. From 17-0 down it is now a three point game.
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PENALTY! FRANCE! NTAMACK! 20-14. Ntamack makes it 6 points with a simple penalty which was given for obstruction.
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Tonga concede another penalty, this time on the halfway line. It is put outside inside Tonga's 22.
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Great work by Tonga as they win a scrum turnover inside their own 22. Originally the French maul looked strong but Tonga showed some good defence.
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Penalty to France just outside Tonga's 22. Faiva is putting his team under pressure with poor clearance kicks which is keeping them deep inside their own territory.
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PENALTY! FRANCE! NTAMACK! 23-14. Ntamack opens the points gap as Tonga's poor discipline costs them again.
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For the first time in the match we have a bit of a kicking battle going on. A lot of up-and-unders with both sides scared of making errors.
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Raka with another chip and chase but this time he is taken down just short. A lack of support allow Tonga to win a penalty.
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France score again, this time through Penaud, but it is called back for a knock-on. Correctly so.
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Tonga almost get away down their right hand side but Vuna just steps into touch. A try now for Tonga will really light up the final few minutes.
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Into the final five minutes and France remain on the attack. Tonga look out on their feet to be fair and most certainly don't look like a team that will get back into this.
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TRY! TONGA! KAPELI! 23-19. A cross-kick and Kapeli scores in the corner. There is still time, can Tonga work a miracle here! They suddenly found some energy.
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FULL TIME! 23-21. Tonga can't do it and the ball goes dead. It is all over but what a massive effort from Tonga. They were 17-0 down just before the half time break but they fought so well. Great performance but well deserved and France will progress.
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CONVERSION! FOSITA! 23-21. Tonga have under a minute to get back into France's half and score.
France
Tonga
2
Tries
3
5' Virimi Vakatawa
31' Alivereti Raka
39' Sonatane Takulua
46' Malietoa Hingano
78' Zane Kapeli
2
Conversions
3
6' Romain Ntamack
33' Romain Ntamack
40' Sonatane Takulua
48' Sonatane Takulua
79' Latiume Fosita
3
Penalties
0
3' Romain Ntamack
51' Romain Ntamack
59' Romain Ntamack
0
Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
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Squad
15
Jefferson Poirot
Camille Chat
Rabah Slimani
Paul Gabrillagues
Sebastien Vahaama...
Wenceslas Lauret
Charles Ollivon
Gregory Alldritt
Baptiste Serin
Romain Ntamack
Alivereti Raka
Sofiane Guitoune
Virimi Vakatawa
Damian Penaud
Maxime M�©dard
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Siegfried Fisi'ihoi
Paula Ngauamo
Ma'afu Fia
Sam Lousi
Leva Fifita
Sione Kalamafoni
Zane Kapeli
Maama Vaipulu
Sonatane Takulua
James Faiva
David Halaifonua
Siale Piutau
Malietoa Hingano
Cooper Vuna
Telusa Veainu
8
Reserves
8
Guilhem Guirado
Cyril Baille
Emerick Setiano
Bernard Le Roux
Yacouba Camara
Antoine Dupont
Camille Lopez
Pierre-Louis Barassi
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Sosefo Sakalia
Vunipola Fifita
Siosiua Halanukonuka
Daniel Faleafa
Nasi Manu
Leon Fukofuka
Latiume Fosita
Atieli Pakalani