Tonga beat Kiwis in Rugby League World Cup

November 12, 2017

Tonga have beaten the Kiwis 28-22 to become the first tier-two rugby league nation in history to defeat a tier-one nation.

In a pulsating game Tonga came back from a 16-2 half time deficit to win their pool game in Hamilton.

The Kiwis looked in control at half time but Tonga dominated the the second half, scoring four quick tries.

And while a late Roger Tuivasa-Sheck try put hearts in mouths for a mostly Tongan crowd, David Fusitu’a sealed his hat-trick – and the result – at the death.

The result has huge ramifications for the tournament.

Tonga will head to Christchurch for their quarter-final, while the Kiwis will look to bounce back next week in Wellington, likely against Lebanon.

They will also likely need to topple Australia in the semi-finals.

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I am togan


Mate Ma'a Tonga - Tonga for all. Tonga for life - Teau


go tonga


go tonga and kiwis


Good luck to the next team that plays against Tonga