Sport Rugby League World Cup: Tonga comeback from behind to beat Kiwis 28-22 in Hamilton

11:06  11 november  2017
11:06  11 november  2017 Source:   MSN

Jason Taumalolo in tears after Tonga's incredible win over Kiwis

  Jason Taumalolo in tears after Tonga's incredible win over Kiwis Sometimes, it's more than just winning.After courting criticism from New Zealand skipper Adam Blair over his defection , Taumalolo couldn't choke back the tears after full-time.

Tonga staged a remarkable comeback to beat New Zealand 28 - 22 on Saturday. Kiwis led the Rugby League World Cup group match 16-2 at half-time. But pre-match haka and sipi tau war dances pumped up the crowd in Hamilton .

HAMILTON , New Zealand (AP) - Tonga produced one of the biggest upsets in Rugby League World Cup history by rallying from a 14-point halftime deficit to beat New Zealand 28 - 22 on Saturday and secure top spot in Group B.

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Tonga have become the first tier-two rugby league nation in history to defeat a tier-one nation, beating New Zealand 28-22 with an extraordinary second-half display in Saturday's World Cup clash in Hamilton.

Down 16-2 at the break, Tonga ran rings around the Kiwis in the second half, scoring four quick tries.

a group of baseball players playing a football game © Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited 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.

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Team mates celebrate as Tonga 's William Hopoate scores Photo: Photosport. After a devastating second-half surge cheered on by a sea of red in Hamilton , Tonga have beaten New Zealand 28 - 22 at the Rugby League World Cup .

In an extraordinary achievement for a side made up mostly of Australian and Kiwi-born players, Tonga have now topped Pool B ahead of New Zealand and, as a reward, will likely evade Cup favourites Australia until the final.

Joseph Tapine of the Kiwis fends against Sika Manu of Tonga. © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Joseph Tapine of the Kiwis fends against Sika Manu of Tonga. Defectors including Andrew Fifita, Fusitu'a, Jason Taumalolo, Manu Ma'u and Sio Siua Taukeiaho have also been vindicated in their call to represent their motherland.

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.

Kiwi's spine-tingling haka matched by Tonga's epic sipi tau

  Kiwi's spine-tingling haka matched by Tonga's epic sipi tau WOW! That's one you will never forget. Take a look at Nelson Asofa-Solomona give Andrew Fifita a might headbutt.Step aside All Blacks, the Kiwis have just stepped it up with one of the most spine-tingling hakas in the history of sport.

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Rugby League World Cup . The Centurions twice came from behind in thrilling fashion to beat the Red Devils 22 -18 in front of a 6,358 crowd at Leigh Sports Village and stretch their winning run to 21 matches.

Having pledged a clinical and composed performance in the lead-up to Saturday's Test, the Kiwis mostly stuck to their promise in the opening stages.

Jason Taumalolo of Tonga on the charge. © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Jason Taumalolo of Tonga on the charge. Enjoying the lion's share of possession, the Kiwis gradually stretched their opponents, zipping into gaps the bustling Tongans simply couldn't plug.

They picked up a handy 10-2 lead by the 30-minute mark through near-identical tries to wingers Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Jordan Rapana, and rounded out a clinical first half with an opportunistic Tuivasa-Sheck effort.

Yet everything went wrong in the second half for the KIwis.

Suffering under a torrent of fresh Tongan manpower, the Kiwis gave up two quick tries to Fusitu'a on the right edge, and to a Tuimoala Lolohea intercept.

Will Hopoate then set the cat among the pigeons with a breakaway try with 15 minutes remaining, and the Kiwis just couldn't recover in time.

Tonga set up Kiwis showdown with Samoa win

  Tonga set up Kiwis showdown with Samoa win Tonga have defeated Samoa 32-18 in Saturday's Rugby League World Cup clash in Hamilton, setting up a huge battle with New Zealand next weekend.Tonga made almost 700 more running metres than Samoa - including 178 metres to Andrew Fifita and a whopping 272 metres to Sio Siua Taukeiaho - and enjoyed 58 per cent possession, eventually nabbing five tries to three.

Rugby League World Cup guide. Tonga set up a mouthwatering clash with New Zealand by overpowering Pacific rivals Samoa 32-18 in Hamilton .

Tonga have become the first tier-two rugby league nation in history to defeat a tier-one nation, beating New Zealand 28 - 22 with an extraordinary second-half display in their World Cup clash in Hamilton .



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