France
23 - 21
Tonga
2019-10-06 | 09:45 |  Rugby World Cup | Kumamoto Stadium |  Full Time
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France Tonga
  • 5' Virimi Vakatawa
    31' Alivereti Raka
    2 Tries 3 39' Sonatane Takulua
    46' Malietoa Hingano
    78' Zane Kapeli
  • 6' Romain Ntamack
    33' Romain Ntamack
    2 Conversions 3 40' Sonatane Takulua
    48' Sonatane Takulua
    79' Latiume Fosita
  • 3' Romain Ntamack
    51' Romain Ntamack
    59' Romain Ntamack
    3 Penalties 0
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
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Commentary
  • 80'

    CONVERSION! FOSITA! 23-21. Tonga have under a minute to get back into France's half and score.

  • 80'

    FULL TIME! 23-21. Tonga can't do it and the ball goes dead. It is all over but what a massive effort from Tonga. They were 17-0 down just before the half time break but they fought so well. Great performance but well deserved and France will progress.

  • 79'

    TRY! TONGA! KAPELI! 23-19. A cross-kick and Kapeli scores in the corner. There is still time, can Tonga work a miracle here! They suddenly found some energy.

  • 75'

    Into the final five minutes and France remain on the attack. Tonga look out on their feet to be fair and most certainly don't look like a team that will get back into this.

  • 71'

    Tonga almost get away down their right hand side but Vuna just steps into touch. A try now for Tonga will really light up the final few minutes.

  • 68'

    France score again, this time through Penaud, but it is called back for a knock-on. Correctly so.

  • 66'

    Raka with another chip and chase but this time he is taken down just short. A lack of support allow Tonga to win a penalty.

  • 63'

    For the first time in the match we have a bit of a kicking battle going on. A lot of up-and-unders with both sides scared of making errors.

  • 60'

    PENALTY! FRANCE! NTAMACK! 23-14. Ntamack opens the points gap as Tonga's poor discipline costs them again.

  • 59'

    Penalty to France just outside Tonga's 22. Faiva is putting his team under pressure with poor clearance kicks which is keeping them deep inside their own territory.

  • 57'

    Great work by Tonga as they win a scrum turnover inside their own 22. Originally the French maul looked strong but Tonga showed some good defence.

  • 54'

    Tonga concede another penalty, this time on the halfway line. It is put outside inside Tonga's 22.

  • 53'

    PENALTY! FRANCE! NTAMACK! 20-14. Ntamack makes it 6 points with a simple penalty which was given for obstruction.

  • 49'

    CONVERSION! TAKULUA! 17-14. From 17-0 down it is now a three point game.

  • 47'

    TRY! TONGA! HINGANO! 17-12. What a try! Tonga break out from their own 22 and the ball is hacked forward. It is allowed to bounce and its nasty for France. Hingano collects and scores. Game on!

  • 46'

    France score through Ollivon after a breakaway but it is called back for a forward pass. A brilliant try but Tonga stay in it.

  • 45'

    So close! Tonga take the ball through 12 phases but concede a penalty a meter from the try-line.

  • 42'

    Tonga have a scrum on the halfway line and they absolutely annihilate the French. Penalty to Tonga and they put it out inside the 22.

  • 41'

    KICK OFF! 17-7. Tonga get the second half underway. Tonga will want early points to put some pressure on France.

  • 40'

    TRY! TONGA! TAKALUA! 17-5. Tonga finish the half on a high as Takalua goes over from close range after numerous phases by the forwards.

  • 40'

    CONVERSION! TAKALUA! 17-7. Takalua converts from right in front and its a 10-point ball game again.

  • 40'

    HALF TIME! 17-7. France go into the break with a 10-point lead. It was a fantastic start by France as Vakatawa went over after good work by Raka. Raka later scored a brilliant try himself but Tonga fought back well to score at the end.

  • 38'

    Tonga need to make this count. They have a line-out just inside the French 22.

  • 34'

    CONVERSION! NTAMACK! 17-0. Ntamack converts from a tight angle to add the extras.

  • 33'

    TRY! FRANCE! RAKA! 15-0. France win a penalty at the scrum and Serin takes it quickly, passes wide to Raka who puts in a little grubber, collects and scores. Superb by the winger.

  • 32'

    Tonga attack from deep and find some space on the inside shoulder but again Vaipulu can't hold onto the ball. France scrum on Tonga's 22, centre field.

  • 30'

    End to end stuff here. Tonga turn it over inside their own 22 and the kick ahead is a good one but the chase isn't as good. Penaud plays in Raka who breaks back to Tonga's 22 and when he is tackled he looses the ball.

  • 28'

    France with a line-out inside Tonga's 22.

  • 26'

    France with a knock-on inside their own half. Tonga coming into the game quite nicely.

  • 24'

    Ntamack is penalised for knocking the ball down and Tonga have a line-out on the French 22.

  • 21'

    Tonga attacking on France's 22 but lose the ball and the French counter again. Vakatawa draws a man and passes to Raka who just runs out of space on the halfway line.

  • 19'

    First scrum penalty goes to Tonga on the halfway line. Faiva will go for touch.

  • 16'

    Ntamack pulls his penalty attempt wide from out wide.

  • 15'

    Tonga should score with a huge overlap but Vaipulu knocks it on. France counter and win a penalty on Tonga's 22. Ntamack will kick at goal.

  • 13'

    Faiva kicks away good possession and France have a 22 drop-out.

  • 11'

    France straight back onto the attack but knock it on. Tonga have the scrum on their own 22, 15 meters from their left hand touch.

  • 7'

    CONVERSION! NTAMACK! 10-0. Easily converted by Ntamack.

  • 6'

    TRY! FRANCE! VAKATAWA! 8-0. Superb try by the French. Tonga lose a line-out just outside the French 22 and the counter is on. They go wide and Raka straightens beautifully before offloading inside to Vakatawa to score beneath the posts.

  • 4'

    PENALTY! FRANCE! NTAMACK! 3-0. Tonga concede a penalty for holding on right beneath their posts. Ntamack easily converts.

  • 2'

    France struggle to control the ball so Ntamack puts a grubber through again. He finds touch 10 meters from Tonga's line.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF! 0-0. France will get us underway as Ntamack sends the ball high and it comes back on the French side. Ntamack then searches for the corner and finds touch just inside the 22.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2019 Rugby World Cup match between France and Tonga at the Kumamoto Stadium.

  • 0'

    France Starting Line-up: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Sofiane Guitoune, 11 Alivereti Raka, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Gregorie Alldritt, 7 Charles Ollivon, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4 Paul Gabrillagues, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Jefferson Poirot

  • 0'

    France Replacements: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Emerick Setiano, 19 Bernard Le Roux, 20 Yacouba Camara, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Camille Lopez, 23 Pierre-Louis Barassi.

  • 0'

    Tonga Starting Line-up: 15 Telusa Veainu, 14 Cooper Vuna, 13 Malietoa Hingano, 12 Siale Piutau (captain), 11 David Halaifonua, 10 James Faiva, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 8 Maama Vaipulu, 7 Zane Kapeli, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Halaleva Fifita, 4 Sam Lousi, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Paula Ngauamo, 1 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi.

  • 0'

    Tonga Replacements: 16 Sosefo Sakalia, 17 Vunipola Fifita, 18 Siua Halanukonuka, 19 Sitiveni Mafi, 20 Nasi Manu, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Latiume Fosita, 23 Atieli Pakalani.

  • 0'

    France will be looking to get their third straight win and secure their knockout spot today. However Tonga beat France the last they met at a World Cup in 2011. Are we going to see another giant killing?

  • 0'

    Match Officials: Referee - Nic Berry (Australia) Assistant Referee - Paul Williams (New Zealand) Assistant Referee - Matthew Carley (England) TMO - Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

  • 0'

    We are 15 minutes away from kick off. Stay tuned for all the live action.

  • 0'

    The players are out and we're all set for the national anthems.

Team Line-ups
France Tonga
  • Jefferson Poirot
  • Camille Chat
  • Rabah Slimani
  • Paul Gabrillagues
  • Sebastien Vahaamahina
  • Wenceslas Lauret
  • Charles Ollivon
  • Gregory Alldritt
  • Baptiste Serin
  • Romain Ntamack
  • Alivereti Raka
  • Sofiane Guitoune
  • Virimi Vakatawa
  • Damian Penaud
  • Maxime MÃ?©dard
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Siegfried Fisi'ihoi
  • Paula Ngauamo
  • Ma'afu Fia
  • Sam Lousi
  • Leva Fifita
  • Sione Kalamafoni
  • Zane Kapeli
  • Maama Vaipulu
  • Sonatane Takulua
  • James Faiva
  • David Halaifonua
  • Siale Piutau
  • Malietoa Hingano
  • Cooper Vuna
  • Telusa Veainu
Substitutions
  • Guilhem Guirado
  • Cyril Baille
  • Emerick Setiano
  • Bernard Le Roux
  • Yacouba Camara
  • Antoine Dupont
  • Camille Lopez
  • Pierre-Louis Barassi
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Sosefo Sakalia
  • Vunipola Fifita
  • Siosiua Halanukonuka
  • Daniel Faleafa
  • Nasi Manu
  • Leon Fukofuka
  • Latiume Fosita
  • Atieli Pakalani

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