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.com

Tonga and Samoa pre-game war dance lights up Rugby League World Cup

  Tonga and Samoa pre-game war dance lights up Rugby League World Cup Pacific island rivals Tonga and Samoa have provided what could be the highlight of the Rugby League World Cup with an incredible pre-game war dance between the two teams. In a stunning display showcasing passion, intimidation and cultural heritage, the two teams performed their traditional pre-game challenges — Tonga's Sipi Tau and Samoa's Siva Tau — in unison, amid a packed-out Waikato Stadium crowd in Hamilton, New Zealand.The crowd was adamant in its show of appreciation, cheering and screaming as both teams spent the best part of two minutes squaring off on the turf.

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 .

Rugby league fans are streaming back from Hamilton after the historic victory against New Zealand in their World Cup clash. Tonga comeback from behind to beat Kiwis 28 - 22 in Hamilton .

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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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Tonga comeback from behind to beat Kiwis 28 - 22 in Hamilton . Woolf was ecstatic with his players' efforts in Hamilton , saying they'd kept calm in crucial moments and were more than capable of going all the way.

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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.

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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.

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Rugby league fans are streaming back from Hamilton after the historic victory against New Zealand in their World Cup clash. Tonga comeback from behind to beat Kiwis 28 - 22 in Hamilton .

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