Photos by Pesi Fonua
Tonga produced the biggest upset of the 2011 Rugby cup by beating France 19-14 at the Wellington Regional Stadium tonight, October 1.
At half time the ‘Ikale Tahi was leading 13-6 after Sukanaivalu Hufanga scored the only try of the match in the first half. But while Tonga was leading 19-9 at full time, the French produced a try in extra time which means that France could proceed to the quarter final, unless Canada beats the All Blacks with a bonus point at the Wellington Regional Stadium tomorrow.
The ‘Ikale Tahi victory on October 1, is its second during its pool games. It beat Japan and France but it went down to the All Blacks and Canada. But Tonga’s victory means that Tonga qualifies for the next Rugby World Cup.
Tonga’s ourstanding victory is the second time that the ‘Ikale Tahi has beaten France. The first time was in 1999, in Nuku’alofa.
Playing in Wellington tonight for Tonga were: Vungakoto Lilo, Vice Captain; Viliame ‘Iongi, Siale Piutau, Andrew Ma’ilei, Sukanaivalu Hufanga, Kurt Morath, Taniela Moa; Soane Tonga’uiha, ‘Aleki Lutui, Kisi Pulu, Tukulua Lokotui, Paino Hehea, Sione Kalamafoni, Finau Maka, Captain; Viliami Ma’afu.
Replacements: ‘Alipate Fatafehi for Ma’ilei, ‘Alisona Taumalolo for Tonga’uiha, Halani ‘Aulika for Pulu, Joe Tu’ineau for Paino Hehea, Samiu Vahafolau for Maka.