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'Ikale Tahi shocks the French 19-14

Wellington,New Zealand

Photos by Pesi Fonua

Tonga charging through the French defenders
Tonga charging through the French defenders.

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.


Left to right, Siale Piutau, Taniela Moa, 'Alisona Taumalolo and Kisi Pulu
Left to right, Siale Piutau, Taniela Moa, 'Alisona Taumalolo and Kisi Pulu.

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.

Tonga on attack
Tonga on attack.

The man of the match, Sione Kalamafoni
The man of the match, Sione Kalamafoni.





Sukanaivalu waiting for the ball to score a try at the corner
Sukanaivalu waiting for the ball to score a try at the corner.


Victory was sweet
Victory was sweet.

Left to right, Viliami Ma'afu, 'Aleki Lutui, Soane Tonga'uiha and Joe Tu'ineau
Left to right, Viliami Ma'afu, 'Aleki Lutui, Soane Tonga'uiha and Joe Tu'ineau.


Captain Finau Maka, ecstatic after the game
Captain Finau Maka, ecstatic after the game.


Captain Finau Maka and Taniela Moa
Captain Finau Maka and Taniela Moa.

Beating the French a dream come true for head coach 'Isitolo Maka
Beating the French a dream come true for head coach 'Isitolo Maka.

 'Isitolo Maka celebrates with the 'Ikale Tahi
'Isitolo Maka celebrates with the 'Ikale Tahi.

The 'Ikale Tahi with their victory medals
The 'Ikale Tahi with their victory medals.

Sipi Tau
Sipi Tau.

Sipi Tau
Sipi Tau.

Sipi Tau
Sipi Tau.

Sipi Tau
Sipi Tau.