Tonga claim comeback win over USA

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Last Updated: 13/10/19 11:51am

Telusa Veainu (right) is mobbed after scoring Tonga's bonus-point try

Telusa Veainu (proper) is mobbed after scoring Tonga’s bonus-point strive

Tonga got here from behind at half-time to safe a 31-19 win over the United States and keep away from ending backside of Rugby World Cup Pool C.

Two tries from substitute Mike Teo noticed the Eagles take a 12-7 lead into the interval however scores after the break from Malietoa Hingano, Siale Piutau and Telusa Veainu ensured Tonga ended their competitors on a excessive.

It was Tonga who opened the scoring by a Siegfried Fisi’ihoi strive after 16 minutes as their early stress informed. Winger Viliami Lolohea broke clear and when he was hauled down metres from the road, Fisi’ihoi picked as much as go over.

Siale Piutau scored a try on his final appearance for Tonga Siale Piutau scored a try on his final appearance for Tonga

Siale Piutau scored a strive on his last look for Tonga

But the USA rallied with two tries within the house of 5 minutes from Teo. Cam Dolan flicked the ball out the again of his hand to Teo in house and the winger ran in below posts earlier than the ball was labored large for Teo to complete within the nook.

Tonga took the lead after 61 minutes when Veainu chipped over the highest, chased his personal kick and hacked the ball on for Lolohea, who fed Hingano to attain.

Just 4 minutes later Tonga prolonged their benefit with their third strive. Sione Kalamafoni took the ball on from Fisi’ihoi after he broke clear and the ball was unfold left for captain Piutau to skip over.

Tony Lamborn burrowed over from shut vary because the USA hit again however Tonga secured the bonus level with their fourth strive proper on the whistle when Veainu latched onto James Faiva’s kick and touched down.

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