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As it happend: Tonga 35-21 Namibia

2015-09-29 19:38
Last Updated at 04:33
29 Sep 19:39
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29 Sep 19:38

80' The full-time whistle sounds and that's the end of this encounter. Tonga have run out winners here, but Namibia gave them a little scare in the second-half. 

Tonga 35 Namibia 21

29 Sep 19:35
79' Tonga go in search of another try but their handling has let them down.
29 Sep 19:29
74' Namibia cost themselves as they come up the line too fast and are caught offside
29 Sep 19:27
Straight through the middle! Morath calms his side's nerves.
29 Sep 19:27
72' Kurth Morath with the chance from the kicking tee
29 Sep 19:26

The Sandy Park crowd get the mexican wave going - what a great atmosphere they've created!


29 Sep 19:25

71' Tonga win the penalty as Namibia come in at the side at the rolling maul.

The clock ticks away...

29 Sep 19:24

70' Ten to go...and Namibia are on the attack.

Several phases before Tonga win the penalty at the breakdown.

29 Sep 19:21
Conversion from the corner is GOOD!
29 Sep 19:21

Burger again! And again from a rolling maul.

Simple recipe - kick to the corner and maul it over...

29 Sep 19:20
66' TRY! NAMIBIA HAVE DONE IT!
29 Sep 19:19

65' Namibia win the penalty after a cynical foul at the breakdown.

A yellow card must be on its way...

29 Sep 19:18

64' Namibia escape from their 22m and hoof the ball down field.

Little mistakes creeping in again.

29 Sep 19:17
62' Time is running out for Namibia - Tonga are in control and don't look like letting this one slip.
29 Sep 19:13
Penalty reversed after a knock on by the Namibian lock
29 Sep 19:11
But Tonga don't release - Namibia have a penalty on the 22m line and slap bang in front.
29 Sep 19:11
Nope - Jack Ram steals the ball! He's been immense.
29 Sep 19:10
58' Namibia attack again - can they hit back immediately?
29 Sep 19:10
57' Siale Piutau hobbles off injured
29 Sep 19:08
Lilo misses the conversion but it doesn't matter with the 18 point lead...
29 Sep 19:08

Telusa Veainu scores another try!

Brilliant performance from the winger all day!

29 Sep 19:07
TRY! Tonga edge further afront!
29 Sep 19:01
Kotze slots the conversion...from the corner - great nudge!
29 Sep 19:00
He gets the ball down, just...
29 Sep 18:59
Jacques Burger - you beauty!
29 Sep 18:59
48' TRY!
29 Sep 18:58
Looks like he did...
29 Sep 18:57

48' The TMO is busy again - did Burger score?

29 Sep 18:57
47' Kotze with a great penalty kick deep into the Tongan 22m
29 Sep 18:55
Lilo makes a hash of his conversion effort
29 Sep 18:55
44' Jack Lam scores a try after a brilliant bit of counter attack play by Tonga - Namibia at sixes and sevens in defence
29 Sep 18:51
43' Namibia escape as Tonga make a silly forward pass 
29 Sep 18:50
42' Strong Tonga defence wins the turnover and they move towards the Namibia 22m line
29 Sep 18:49
41' 5 phases and Tonga kick the ball away - WHY?!
29 Sep 18:47
40' Off we go for the second half
29 Sep 18:44

The half time team talks are almost done.

Can Namibia tighten up their defence and cut down on their errors, they'll have to if they want to stand a chance of staging a remarkable fightback to win their first ever Rugby World Cup game!

29 Sep 18:33

That's halftime!

Tonga 22-7 Namibia

29 Sep 18:33

NO TRY! Telusa Veainu denied what would've been a sensational try.

His hand was in touch as he dived to dot the ball down following a great backline move.

29 Sep 18:31
TMO will decide if Tonga's left winger has scored a cracking try!
29 Sep 18:30
40' Time is up but Tonga have won last scrum - 22m out, can they add further misery?
29 Sep 18:29
39' Turn over after turn over and Tonga eventually kick it out inside the Namibia 22m
29 Sep 18:27

36' Brilliant from Namibia who catch Tonga napping with a kick taken penalty inside their own 22m.

Tonga kick out and Namibia have a lineout 45m out.

29 Sep 18:24
Lilo knocks over the penalty.
29 Sep 18:24
33' Jacques Burger guilty of being in front of the kicker - Tonga will kick for poles.
29 Sep 18:23

32' At last, Namibia survive a scrum.

Kotze clears with a booming kick.

29 Sep 18:22

Namibia breath a sigh of relief as a forward pass earns them a reprieve.

Can they hold up in the scrum though?

29 Sep 18:21
All a bit messy from Namibia as they give away a free kick for having too many men in the lineout
29 Sep 18:20
31' ANOTHER scrum penalty given away by Namibia - a real worry for them as they have no answer to the pressure from Tonga
29 Sep 18:19

29' I would hate to see the stats for handling errors and line breaks, I reckon both would be very high!

Another handling error as Bothma's pass is knocked on by Tromp.

 
  • 80'

    Namibia have one last change with an attacking scrum on halfway, but Tonga get the tight-head and swing the ball wide, but they make a hash of it however as they spill the ball in midfield. That''s the game! Tonga have their first win and Namibia are still searching for theirs!

  • 80'

    TONGA 35 NAMIBIA 21

  • 79'

    Tonga win another penalty after Burger is pinged for being offside at the scrum. Morath finds touch just outside his 22. Namibia make the turnover but they spill the ball in contact. Scrum Tonga.

  • 77'

    Namibia make a hash of the line-out as they spill the ball 5 metres from Tonga's try-line. Scrum Tonga.

  • 76'

    The penalty is reversed after Mailau is pinged for a dangerous clean out at the breakdown. Kotze finds touch 5 metres from Tonga's try-line. They set up the driving maul, and now they go through the phases with their forwards. They win another penalty after Tonga is caught in an offside possession at the breakdown.

  • 74'

    Tonga win another penalty after Namibia is caught in a offside position on defence. Morath finds touch on halfway. The TMO will have a quick look for dangerous play on a Namibian player.

  • 73'

    PENALTY, TONGA, MORATH. 35-21. Morath sets up the line-out about 5 metres from Namibia's 22. They set up the driving maul, but they are taken to ground illegally by Namibia and Tonga win the penalty. Morath will have a shot at goal from the right hand touchline from about 38 metres out and his kick is good!

  • 70'

    Namibia are on the attack once again. They take play up to Tonga's 22. They rumble forward with their forwards in search of open space, but Tonga stand firm on defence. Tonga win the penalty after Coetzee goes off his feet at the breakdown.

  • 68'

    CONVERSION, NAMIBIA, KOTZE. 32-21. Kotze adds the extras!

  • 67'

    TRY, NAMIBIA, BURGER. 32-19. Namibia rumble forward from the line-out. They make good headway and win the penalty after Ram is pinged for not rolling away at the breakdown. Kotze sets up the line-out 5 metres from Tonga's 22. They set up the driving maul and they rumble forward and try!! Burger scores his second try!

  • 65'

    Still Tonga surge as they keep rumbling forward. Namibia almost make the turnover but they make a hash of it and spill the ball. Attacking scrum for Tonga about 5 metres from Namibia's 22. Tonga are on the attack once again but they spill the ball in contact this time.

  • 62'

    Tonga win the penalty after demolishing the Namibian scrum. Namibia are penalised for illegal scrummaging and Morath brings some relief with his clearance kick. Tonga are on the attack now as they take play up to halfway.

  • 60'

    Namibia are struggling against the strong Tonga pack at the scrum. We have a rest scrum!

  • 59'

    Namibia set up the driving maul, but it comes to nothing as they are driven into touch. Namibia make the turnover and now they go through the phases. It comes to nothing as they spill the ball on attack. Scrum Tonga.

  • 57'

    Namibia are attacking with sheer determination as they take play up to Tonga's 22. They win a penalty after Tonga are caught in an offside position at the ensuing breakdown. Kotze finds touch 5 metres from Tonga's try-line.

  • 55'

    TRY, TONGA, VEAINU. 32-14. Tonga make the turnover and now they are on the attack inside Namibia's 22. Ram floats a brilliant ball out wide to Veainu who goes over in the left hand corner. Brilliant pass by ram who saw the space on the outside. Lilo's conversion kick is to the left however.

  • 54'

    Namibia kick away possession once again and now Tonga attack from deep inside their own half taking play up to Namibia's half. They win the penalty after Namibia are pinged for going off their feet at the breakdown. Fosita finds touch inside Namibia's 22, but they make a hash of it as the throw is skew. Namibia opt to take the line-out.

  • 51'

    Tonga attack from a line-out as they take play up to Namibia's 22. They patiently go through the phases, but it comes to nothing as Tonga are pinged for holding on to the ball on the ground.

  • 49'

    CONVERSION, NAMIBIA, KOTZE. 27-14. Kotze adds the extras from the kicking tee.

  • 48'

    Namibia trying to fight their way back into this game. They win a penalty after Tonga are pinged for going off their feet at the breakdown. kotze finds touch 5 metres from Tonga's try-line. Namibia set up the driving maul. The TMO will have a quick look to see if Burger was held up over the try-line.

  • 48'

    TRY, NAMIBIA, BURGER. 12-27. The try is awarded as Namibia get their second try of the match!

  • 46'

    TRY, TONGA, RAM. 27-7. Namibia attack from a scrum inside their 22. Kotze finally hoofs the ball down field. Veainu gathers and breaks straight through, he finds Ram on his outside. He steps inside and beats the defender to go over for his second try of the match and that's the bonus point try! Lilo misses his conversion kick as he pushes it to the left.

  • 43'

    Namibia set up a driving maul about 8 metres from Tonga''s 22. It comes to nothing however as they spill the ball in contact. Tonga play the advantage and take play up to Namibia''s 22. They swing the ball wide but it comes to nothing as the pass to Joseph Tuineau is forward. Scrum Namibia.

  • 42'

    Tonga attack from deep inside their own half but they are met by a wall of blue defenders. Namibia looking up for the challenge in the second half!

  • 41'

    Kotze gets the second half underway! His kick is deep and t's gathered by the Tongan forwards who set up the driving maul.

  • 40'

    Tonga have an attacking scrum inside Namibia's 22. We will have another reset scrum.

  • 40'

    Tonga swing the ball wide from the scrum to Veainu who surges down the right hand touchline. He has too much gas for his opposite number, but it comes to nothing as he is driven into touch. That''s the half as the teams head into the shed for a well deserved break.

  • 40'

    TONGA 22 NAMIBIA 7

  • 38'

    Namibia attack from a line out on half way, but they make a hash of it and now Tonga are back on the attack. They patiently go through the phases with their forwards but they spill the ball in contact however.

  • 37'

    Tonga are on the attack once again as they take play up to Namibia's 22 with some slick passing. They swing the ball wide and create the overlap but they are pinged for obstructive running.

  • 35'

    PENALTY, TONGA, LILO. 22-7. Tonga attack from halfway and they win a penalty after Burger is pinged for being in-front of Kotze''s kick. Lilo lines up a shot at goal from about 30 metres out. His kick is good as he stretches Tonga''s lead.

  • 32'

    Tonga win another penalty after Namibia are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Fosita finds touch about 8 metres from Namibia''s touchline. They go through the phases with their forward but it comes to nothing as the pass is forward. Scrum Namibia.

  • 30'

    Renaldo Bothma breaks away from the scrum and surges down the right hand touch line. His pass to Tromp is to low and the ball goes into touch.

  • 29'

    Namibia attack from a scrum on halfway. They swing the ball wide but they make a hash of it and now Tonga are back on the attack. They take play up to Namibia''s 22, but it comes to nothing however as they spill the ball in contact.

  • 27'

    End to end stuff by Tonga as they are dominating the game with their fierce attack. Namibia are struggling to maintain their elusive runners.

  • 26'

    CONVERSION, TONGA, LILO. 19-7. Lilo adds the extras.

  • 25'

    TRY, TONGA, FOSITA. 17-7. Tonga surge toward Namibia's try-line with their forwards. They spill the ball backwards but Fosita gathers and goes over for their third try under the poles.

  • 24'

    Tonga are on the attack once again. They take play up to Namibia's 22. Tonga win another penalty after Namibia are caught offside on defense. Fosita finds touch 5 metres from Namibia's try-line.

  • 22'

    Tonga have an attacking line out deep inside Namibia's 22. They swing the ball wide and now they go through the phases with their forwards. They win a penalty after Rohan Kitshoff is pinged for going off his feet at the breakdown. Lilo has a shot at goal but he he pushes his kick to left however.

  • 19'

    CONVERSION, NAMIBIA, KOTZE. 12-7. Kotze adds the extras from the kicking tee.

  • 18'

    TRY, NAMIBIA, TROMP. 12-5. Tonga attack from deep inside their 22 but they make a hash of it at as they spill the ball in contact. Tromp gathers and runs straight through to score under the poles for Namibia.

  • 17'

    Tonga are dominating at the breakdown. Namibia are struggling to maintain possession as Tonga keep surging on attack.

  • 16'

    They swing the ball wide but it comes to nothing as Namibia are pinged for not releasing the ball on the ground.

  • 15'

    Namibia are on the attack after gathering the kick from the restart. They win a penalty 5 metres from Tonga's try-line. Kotze kicks for touch and now they set up the driving maul.

  • 12'

    TRY, TONGA, RAM. 12-0. Tonga set up the driving maul from the scrum. Jack Ram breaks away from the maul and throws the dummy as he surges down the touch line and goes over for Tonga''s second try. Lilo pushes his conversion kick to the right.

  • 11'

    Tonga win another penalty at scrum time as Namibia are pinged for illegal scrummaging. fosita finds touch inside Namibia's 22.

  • 10'

    Tonga win a penalty after Namibia are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Fosita finds touch on half way. The throw in is skew however and Namibia will have the put in to the scrum on half way

  • 9'

    Tonga are under immense pressure as Namibia take play up to their 22. They spill the ball however and Tonga will have a pressure scrum inside their 22.

  • 7'

    CONVERSION, TONGA, LILO. 7-0. Lilo adds the extras from the kicking tee.

  • 6'

    TRY, TONGA, VEAINU. 5-0. Tonga attack from a line-out on half way and Telusa Veainu breaks straight through from half way and opens the scoring for Tonga!

  • 4'

    Tonga attack from deep inside their own half and take play up to Namibia's 22, but it comes to nothing as the loose the ball in contact. Now Namibia are on the attack, but they loose their footing at the breakdown and Tonga win the penalty.

  • 2'

    Namibia looking full of running as they surge forward and take play up to Tonga's half, but it comes to nothing as Johan Tromp is pinged for being offside at the breakdown.

  • 1'

    Latiume Fosita gets us underway! His kick is deep and high. The Namibian forwards gather and win a penalty after Tonga are pinged for an illegal infringement at the breakdown.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Pool C Rugby World Cup encounter between Namibia and Tonga from Sandy Park in Exeter. We'll return shortly with team news.

  • 0'

    Tonga coach Mana Otai have made nine changes to the starting line-up that lost to Georgia in their tournament opener on September 19. The nine changes are the second most ever made by Tonga between successive World Cup matches. They made 11 changes between their first and second match at RWC 2011. Talismanic captain Nili Latu has been ruled out with a hamstring concern and is replaced by Jack Ram on the openside flank. Sione Kalamafoni and Viliamu Ma'afu are the sole survivors in the pack, with 'Ikale Tahi coach Mana Otai naming a brand new tight five. Soane Tonga'uiha, Aleki Lutui and Sila Puafisi get their first starts in the front row and Hale T Pole and Joe Tuineau are named at lock. Out wide, Latiume Fosita replaces Kurt Morath at first five, Siale Piutau moves to centre to make way for Sione Piukala at second five and David Halaifonua comes in for Telusa Veainu on the right wing. The 327 Test caps worth of experience in Tonga's line-up are their most ever in a World Cup match. At an average of 30 years and 200 days this is also Tonga's oldest starting XV in a World Cup match. Had Latu taken the field, his 42nd cap would have made him the most capped Tongan player.

  • 0'

    Namibia head coach Phil Davies has made eight changes to his starting XV for today''s clash with Tonga. In the backline, Exeter Chiefs fullback Chrysander Botha will wear the number 15 jersey while Johan Tromp, who started in that position against New Zealand, moves to the right wing where he replaces David Philander. Danie van Wyk comes in at outside centre for JC Greyling while Russell van Wyk starts on the left wing in place of Conrad Marais and Eneill Buitendag is preferred to Eugene Jantjies at scrum-half. Up front, Renaldo Bothma replaces Leneve Damens at number eight and Rohan Kitshoff comes in for Tinus du Plessis on the flank where he will partner the team''s captain Jacques Burger. The final changes sees Janco Venter taking over from Pieter-Jan van Lill at lock and Casper Viviers replaces Jaco Engels at loosehead prop.

  • 0'

    The teams are on the field for the anthems. Please stand!

  • 0'

    Late change for Tonga with Telusa Veain coming in for Fetu''u Vainikolo on the wing.

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Tonga Namibia
  • 5 Tries 3
    • 5' Telusa Veainu
    • 11' Jack Ram
    • 24' Latiume Fosita
    • 44' Jack Ram
    • 54' Telusa Veainu
    • 17' Johan Tromp
    • 48' Jacques Burger
    • 66' Jacques Burger
  • 2 Conversions 3
    • 6' Vunga Lilo
    • 25' Vunga Lilo
    • 18' Theuns Kotze
    • 48' Theuns Kotze
    • 67' Theuns Kotze
  • 2 Penalties 0
    • 34' Vunga Lilo
    • 72' Kurt Morath
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Soane Tonga'uiha
  • Aleki Lutui
  • Sila Puafisi
  • Hale T-Pole
  • Joe Tuineau
  • Sione Kalamafoni
  • Jack Ram
  • Vili Ma'afu
  • Sonatane Takulua
  • Latiume Fosita
  • Telusa Veainu
  • Sione Piukala
  • Siale Piutau
  • David Halaifonua
  • Vunga Lilo
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  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Casper Viviers
  • Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • Johannes Coetzee
  • Janco Venter
  • Tjiuee Uanivi
  • Jacques Burger
  • Rohan Kitshoff
  • Renaldo Bothma
  • Eneill Buitendag
  • Theuns Kotze
  • Russell van Wyk
  • Johan Deysel
  • Danie Van Wyk
  • Johan Tromp
  • Chrysander Botha
Substitutions
Substitutions
  • Paula Ngauamo
  • Tevita Mailau
  • Halani Aulika
  • Lua Lokotui
  • Opeti Fonua
  • Samisoni Fisilau
  • Kurt Morath
  • Viliami Helu
  • 16
  • 17
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  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Louis van der Westhuizen
  • Johnny Redelinghuys
  • Abel de Klerk
  • Tinus du Plessis
  • PJ Van Lill
  • Darryl De La Harpe
  • Damian Stevens
  • David Philander

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