Tonga Outmuscle Japan

 Sep 21,2011
Written by: Robert Lemmer

Tonga kept alive its chances of reaching the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals by inflicting Japan's 17th straight winless match at the tournament with a 31-18 victory on Wednesday.

The Tongans scored tries through Viliami Ma'afu, Tukulua Lokotui and Fetu'u Vainikolo at Northlands Events Centre to improve to five points in Pool A, five behind leaders New Zealand and France but with a match against the French on October 1.

The win was Tonga's first in six matches against Japan, which still hasn't added to its sole World Cup victory against Zimbabwe in 1991.

The team's one victory in 23 matches and 17-match winless streak are both tournament records.

Kensuke Hatakeyama, Michael Leitch and Alisi Tupuailai scored tries for Japan. Man of the Match: Taniela Moa.


Tonga –
Tries: Viliami Ma'afu, Tukulua Lokotui, Fetu'u Vainikolo. Conversions: Kurt Morath (2). Penalties: Morath (4).

Japan – Tries: Kensuke Hatakeyama, Michael Leitch, Alisi Tupuailai. Penalties: Shaun Webb.





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