Sunday, September 8, 2019

All Blacks Defeat Tonga In Final Test Before World Cup

The New Zealand All Blacks have beaten Tonga 92-7 in their final match before the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Winger Sevu Reece scored the opening try in the 9th minute, and was followed by Ben Smith in the 16th minute. Tries were then scored rapidly by hooker Cody Taylor, winger George Bridge, captain Keiran Read, halfback TJ Perenara, a second for Smith, and Ryan Crotty to give the All Blacks a 54-0 halftime lead.
The tries kept coming in the second half, with Bridge securing the ball from the kick-off and scoring after 8 seconds.
Further tries came from Matt Todd, Ardie Savea, a third from Bridge, then a fourth from Bridge to make it 85-0 after 58 minutes. Ryan Crotty scored his second in the 65th minutes, before exiting the field for the bench, with coach Steve Hansen choosing to make the All Blacks play the remainder of the game with 14 men.
Tonga scored a consolation try Siale Piutau with three minutes remaining, and the conversion was kicked by Viliame Lolohea.

The All Blacks open their world cup with their first match against South Africa on Saturday 21st September at Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama.
The All Blacks remaining pool matches are against Canada on Wednesday 2nd October at Oita Stadium, Namibia on Sunday 6th October at Tokyo Stadium, and Italy on Saturday 12 October at Tokyo Stadium.


New Zealand All Blacks: 92 

Tries: Sevu Reece, Ben Smith 2, Codie Taylor, George Bridge 4, Kieran Read, TJ Perenara, Ryan Crotty 2, Matt Todd, Ardie Savea

Conversions: Beauden Barrett 7, Josh Ioane 4.

Tonga: 7 

Try: Siale Piutau

Conversion: Viliame Lolohea

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