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14 - 19


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    Penalty goals: Morath (4),
    Conversions: Morath,
  • World Cup
  • Pool A
  • 1st Oct 2011
  • KO 06:00
  • Ground: Wellington Regional Stadium
  • Att: 30,000

France v Tonga - Live

Last updated: 1st October 2011  

Full Time82 FRANCE 14-19 TONGA. And there we have it. The biggest upset of the 2011 Rugby World Cup as Tonga hold on for a famous and well deserved victory. France were never really in this game and Tonga thoroughly deserved the result. Thanks for joining us for coverage of this game and stay tuned. England vs Scotland on shortly.

TRY81 TRY, FRANCE, CLERC! France finally get some joy right at the very end to secure a bonus point for them in this game.

81 France are finally awarded a penalty after Harinordoquy pick up at the back of scrum and went for the line. They choose to scrum and move it wide. Clerc makes it over the line, the TMO is consulted.

79 One minute remains as the scrum is reset again. The Tongans are not holding back with the chirping and things are getting tense. Scrum France.

78 Tonga are holding their own against the French scrum as it is reset once. The French backs are standing deep.

76 Morath misses another kick at goal. The score line could have been much worse for France. Tonga continue to attack from the within their own half, but France regathers and kicks ahead and are awarded a 5 meter scrum.

74 Tonga finally make it over the line but a brilliant try saving tackle by a French player at the bottom of the ruck has saved France further embarrassment for the moment. France are penalised for a earlier infringement.

Penalty72 PENALTY, FRANCE, MORATH!! 9-19. Morath extends the Tongan lead even further with a well taken penalty.

71 Steve Walsh awards a free-kick to Tonga at the scrum and Morath hoists it high. Tonga regather and France are not all over the place. Penalty awarded to Tonga right in front of the poles.

69 Pierre loses a line-out for France inside the Tonga 22 and Morath spreads it to Piutau who then knocks on. If he had kept possession it would have been touch and go for the French.

Penalty66 PENALTY, TONGA, MORATH!! 9-16 Tonga extend their lead. France are in real trouble now.

Yellow Card65 YELLOW CARD, FRANCE, ESTEBANEZ. Estebanez is giving his marching orders for a dangerous tackle.

65 France use their forwards to run the ball back up the field with Harinordoquy making some good ground. Tonga manage to work them towards the touchline and win the line-out. Estebanez performs a tip tackle.

62 Piutau breaks clean through the French midfield and is tackled only a couple of meters from the try line. The set up the ruck and move it wide to the left of the field but Vahafolau knocks on and France are awarded a defensive scrum.

Penalty60 Morath misses another kick. The score remains 9-13 with Tonga in the lead.

59 Yachvili is penalised for not releasing the ball. Great work by Hehea to win the penalty. Morath will kick for goal.

59 Estebanez on for Rougerie

59 Trihn-Duc on for Parra.

57 Rougerie throws a pass to nowhere and France are again under pressure. The French are their worst enemies at the moment and Tonga are playing out of the skin. Morath almost finds Hufanga with a cross field kick but the ball goes is knocked on by Rougerie. Scrum Tonga.

55 Its a see-saw battle at the moment as possession is constantly changing. France is looking a little bit more potent with ball in hand but Tonga's defense is holding strong for the moment.

52 Tonga regather from the kick off and make it to within inches of the French line. Hufanga turned the ball over from the kick off and passed it wide. France are soaking up the pressure at the moment but are not looking very good.


49 Medard breaks up the middle of the field and passes to Yachvili who attempts the offload but the ball is knocked down by Tonga. Tonga are penalised for a shoulder charge by Taumalolo who has been on the field for about 1 minute.

48 Substitution:Taumalolo on for Tonga'uiha

47 Moa breaks again and chips ahead for Lilo to chase. France regather and Parra clears. France have managed to work their way back into the Tongan half.

Penalty44 Morath misses the penalty so the score stays 6-13 to Tonga. Parra restarts and hoist it high. Medard regathers and runs well but is eventually turned over. Tonga attack again. They are now regularly breaking the line with Moa taking a good gap. A promising move comes to an end as Tonga knock on.

42 Tonga are awarded a penalty inside the French 22 and Morath will kick for goal to further extend the Tongan lead.

41 So here we go for the second half. Tongo will need to score 4 tries and beat France by more than 7 points to progress to the next round. Morath kicks off and France knock on straight away. It is Bonnaire again. He has not had a great thus far.

Half Time40 FRANCE 6 - 13 TONGA. And that is half time. Tonga are comfortably in the lead at the halfway mark but time will tell if Iongi's yellow card will come back to haunt them late in the second 40. France need two bonus points from this game so some harsh words will be spoken during the break.

40 France are running the ball inside the French half but Tonga are really starting to enjoy the defensive side of play as some big hits are going in on the French. France looked good for a moment before the ball was knocked on again. Tonga gathers the loose ball and clears.


38 France are making some silly mistakes as Parra kicks the ball over the dead-ball line. Tonga have a scrum just inside the French half. France turn the ball over and Parra spreads it wide. Clerc is hit hard by Iongi and is awarded a yellow card.

Penalty36 PENALTY, TONGA, MORATH!! 6-13! Morath extends Tonga's lead.

35 Tonga's hard work has paid off as they are awarded a penalty inside the French 22. Morath will have a kick at goal to try and extend their lead.

32 Morath kicks for touch and the Tonga lose the line-out. France knock on and Tonga have a scrum inside their own half. Ma'afu picks up and goes from the back of the scrum and gets the ball wide to Lilo. Tonga continues to build.

29 Rougerie links up with Palisson from the kick-off to within 5 meters of the try line. The ruck is set up and the French forwards drive at the line. Servat seemed to get over but is penalised by Steve Walsh for a double movement. Tonga breath a sigh of relief.

Conversion28 COVERSION, TONGA, MORATH! 6-10

TRY26 TRY, TONGA, HUFUNGA!! 6-8 Tonga turnover France Ma'afu breaks up the middle. The ball is worked wide and Hufunga beats the last line of defense to reach over the corner.

Penalty24 PENALTY, FRANCE, YACHVILI!! 6-3 And so France regains the lead.

23 France have a sustained period of attack inside the Tonga half and recycle the ball well to set up phase after phase. Having worked their way to within 5 meters of the try line, Tonga are penalised for off-sides play. Yachvili will kick for goal.

21 France produce a solid scrum and Yachvili kicks over the scrum, but Hufunga regathers the kick and runs it back at the French defense but Tonga are eventually blown up for off-sides play.

20 Tongo win their own line-out but knock the ball on in the next movement. The front-rows square off on the French 22.

19 Tonga are awarded yet another penalty as a french players fails to role away from the tackle situation. Tonga kick for touch.

17 Tonga are awarded a penalty and Morath will kick for goal. The kick swings left of the poles and it remains 3-3

15 Another scrum. The first two were messy from Tonga. It's their feed though. Massive shove from the France pack, but Tonga somehow manage to keep possession and Lilo can clear.

13 Another blood replacement as Maka needs some treatment. Not clean possession in the line-out from France, but they get hold of the ball nevertheless. Para goes for a kick, didn't get much distance, and it's knocked back by France. Rougerie breaks a tackle in midfield, as does Medard. It goes to waste as Yachvili knock it on.

11 After a few phases, Parra puts in a kick but Hufanga gathers and takes it up to the 22m line before they clear down field. It comes back and this time Lilo puts it out for the first line-out of the match.

9 First scrum of the day and Samoa's pack are more than 50kgs heavier than that of France. Early engagement from Samoa and referee Walsh awards the free-kick. They opt for another scrum and this time they go quickly.

Penalty7 PENALTY, SAMOA, MORATH, 3-3. Both sides are on the board as the reliable Morath puts the ball over with ease.

6 Tonga continue to take it through the phases, all 21 of them. They didn't make too much ground, but the ref has his arm out for a penalty. No advantage and Poux is the man who gave the penalty away. Blood pouring from the head of Poux. He'll need some treatment off the field.

4 Pinball stuff from France from the kick-off and they concede possession. Tonga have a chance to take it through a couple of phases. Shouts of 'Tonga, Tonga' coming from the fans in the stadium.

Penalty2 PENALTY, FRANCE, YACHVILI, 3-0. The scrum-half slaps it over from right in front and the French have the lead early in the game.

Kick-off We're underway and Morgan Parra is the man with the honours. Morath returns it deep, but it comes straight back with an up and under. Knock on and France regain possession. They decide to spread it wide. Kick forward Medard and the ball is regained by Tonga, but they were off-side and France have a chance for three points.

Anthem time The anthems rung out at the Regional Stadium. Inspiring stuff. The Tonga team have also do their haka. The challenge has been laid down and the French have accepted. Let's get going.

Team news Skipper Finau Maka returns to action in one of four changes to the Tonga side. Elsewhere in the pack, Kisi Pulu replaces Taufa'ao Filise at prop. In the back-line, Viliame Iongi comes in on the wing in place of Fetu'u Vainikolo while Andrew Ma'ilei gets a run at inside centre in place of Alipate Fatafehi.

Team news France coach Marc Lièvremont has stuck to his guns by retaining Morgan Parra at fly-half. There are a total of four changes to the team that lost to the All Blacks last Saturday. Maxime Médard moves from wing to full-back in the place of Damien Traille; Alexis Palisson makes his first start of the tournament in the number 11 jersey; Raphael Lakafia returns at number eight in the place of Louis Picamoles. At hooker, William Servat starts ahead of Dimitri Szarzewski,

0 Hello and welcome to Regional Stadium in Wellington for France and Tonga's final Pool A game of the World Cup. France need just one point to progress into the quarter-finals. Will we see an upset from Tonga? Kick-off is approaching, don't go away!

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