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Wales v Tonga - Live
80 WALES 17- TONGA
80 That's it. The ref puts us out of our misery. That second half was dire. Two tries in the first half proved enough for Wales to get the result. Credit to Tonga for hanging in there. Thanks for joining us, cheers!
77 Oh my, the second half drags on...Wales give away a free kick at scrum time and Tonga break out of their 22.
74 A high tackle on North sees Hook kick for the corner. Wales hammer away but are met by a brick wall. The ball is stuck, scrum to Wales under the Tongan posts.
72 Wales continue to dominate all the possession. Play has hardly left the Tongan half in the second period. But the hosts are unable to break down the Tongan defence as the big hits continue to come from the visitors.
70 NO TRY! The referee sees the replay on the big screen and makes the decision himself. Charteris was offside and blocked the Tongan defence. Penalty to Tonga. The second half remains scoreless. Wales lead 17-7.
69 A long build-up ends in George North muscling his way over the line, but has Charteris blocked the defender? The TMO will decide.
65 Good defensive work from Tonga who split a maul and win possession back. But once again they try run the ball the length of the field. A few good tactical kicks could be very useful. Still no points in the second half...
62 Hook kicks into the corner from a penalty after Owen Williams is tackled high. A try goes a-begging as Charteris drops it in contact with the line within reach!
60 Tonga have made a big comeback at scrum time in the second half. Lloyd Williams runs the long way around and is isolated and gets the ball ripped off him. Fisilau box kicks and Wales counter.
57 The ball is turned over two phases after Tonga win the line-out. But Hook kicks it straight up the centre of the field. Tonga run it back, loss it at the ruck, and Hook kicks it straight back down the middle again. The Welsh obviously want Tonga to run at them.
55 Tonga are still in this. Welsh maul is stopped and Jones is isolated an forced to hold on. Tonga kick the penalty into touch.
53 Lookout! Tonga push Wales off the ball at scrum time. No one would have expected them to win one against the head! In typical Tongan fashion they're full of running from inside their own half...until a knock on hands possession back to Wales.
51 A clever chip ahead from Hook looks promising but Fetu'u Vainikolo gets back in time to dot down.
47 NO TRY. Foot in touch. Line-out to Wales 5m out. We'll have a break first because Viliami Ma'afu is down after a nasty clash of heads with Justin Tipuric.
46 Wales maul it up from a line-out 15m out. Progress is slow but they are going forward. Now it comes wide, Halfpenny gets an amazing offload to Amos, who finishes! Has he scored? The TMO will decide.
43 Ian Evans knocks on right on the line. Tonga clear but Wales have started the second half in dominant fashion.
42 An early onslaught from Wales, started by and excellent chip and chase from Hook, who then rips the ball off Vunga Lilo. The try is there for the taking but Wales butcher it was Rhodri Jones goes alone instead of sending it wide where Wales have numbers.
41 Here we go for the second half! Can Tonga score early and get back in the game?
40 WALES 17-7 TONGA
40 That's it for the first half. Wales have scored two very good tries but Tonga re still in the hunt. We'll be back in ten.
39 Wales are camped in the Tongan half but the tackles from the Islanders are ferocious. Wales are going very laterally and very seldom get over the gainline.
35 CONVERSION, FOSITA. 17-7. Easy extras from in front.
34 TRY, TONGA, HELU! 17-5. Excellent try from Tonga. Ma'afu goes on the charge and makes a great offload to Viliami Helu, who cuts in on a great angle and turns on the gas to race home and score under the sticks!
30 Some exciting stuff from Tonga who fling it about in their own half. It all ends in a knock on by Eddie Aholelei on halfway - that's why props shouldn't stand at first receiver!
26 CONVERSION, HALFPENNY. 17-0. Wonderful conversion from right on the touchline.
25 TRY, WALES, BECK. 15-0. Brilliant finish from Ashley Beck in the corner. George North made the initial break and looked to have hung on too long but it's recycled to Beck who beats his man and the touchline to finish.
23 Schoolboy errors from Tonga as Viliami Helu spills it out wide. A minute later and Helu spills a high ball...Wales make 60-odd metres without doing any work!
21 Some pressure from Tonga here, who string a few phases together. It's all about power..it's not very fluid but Wales are being made to put in a lot of tackles. Scrum to Tonga on the Welsh 22.
19 Tonga have a huge overlap but Lloyd Williams gets in the way from an offside position. Tonga kick for touch from the penalty.
17 CONVERSION, HALFPENNY. 10-0. Excellent conversion from Halfpenny.
16 TRY, WALES, OWEN WILLIAMS. 8-0. Great try from Wales! Hook straightens, Halfpenny breaks and finds Owen Williams in support near halfway. The centre steps and turns on the gas to race home!
15 PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY. 3-0. Easy three points for the B&I Lions full-back.
13 Wales create the overlap outside but the ball doesn't go through the hands fast enough as a gaggle of Tongan defenders shut the attack down. The Tongans are off their feet however...penalty.
11 Viliami Ma'afu puts in a great tackle to dislodge the ball from Owen Williams so Tonga have a scrum in centre field. After a handful of resets the penalty goes to Wales. Hook kicks into the corner.
9 Tonga inside centre Mata'ali Paea charges forward and forces the penalty as Wales go offside. Tonga clear. It's been a very scrappy start.
7 George North has a go but is wrapped up by three defenders and held up. The ball is trapped so Tonga will feed the next scrum.
6 Joe Tu'ineau steals the line-out but the clearance kick is charged down. Lloyd Williams pounces on it and is over the line but it looks like he's been held up.... the TMO says NO TRY. 5m scrum to Wales.
4 Not great start for Tonga at the set piece. They were monstered at the first scrum and now they knock on at the first line-out. Penalty to Wales at the second scrum. Hook kicks for touch.
2 Jones breaks off the back of the scrum to set up the attack but Luke Charteris has it ripped from his hands. Tonga clear.
1 Here we go! James hook kicks us off, it goes long to Viliami Ma'afu...who runs into his own man so Wales have a scrum in the Tongan 22.
Tonga prepare to lay down their challenge via the Sipi Tau. Wales are in grey and Tonga are in white...no red to be seen anywhere. Rather stupid if you ask me.
Tonga have made four changes to their starting XV. Loosehead Prop Sona Taumalolo is serving a four-match suspension so he has been replaced by Melbourne Rebels front-row Eddie Aholelei, who is joined up front by Sila Puafisi, who replaces tighthead Tevita Mailau. In other changes, Oyonnax back-row Viliami Ma'afu comes in for Taniela Moa at the base of the scrum while Latiume Fosita starts at fly-half in place of Fangatapu 'Apikotoa.
Wales boss Warren Gatland has made 11 changes to his starting XV. Dragons' Hallam Amos makes his debut on the wing. Perpignan's James Hook has been named at fly-half alongside Cardiff Blues' Lloyd Williams at scrum-half while Ryan Jones leads the team.
Hello and welcome to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for our coverage of Wales' third end-of-year international. Tonga are sure to bring an exciting challenge but can the match the Welsh pack?
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