Tonga produced an impressive second-half comeback to beat the United States 31-19 and avoid finishing bottom of Rugby World Cup Pool C. A brace from replacement Mike Teo saw the Eagles take a 12-7 lead into the interval but scores after the break from Malietoa Hingano, Siale Piutau and Telusa Veainu ensured Tonga ended their competition on a high. It was Tonga who opened the scoring through a Siegfried Fisi’ihoi try after 16 minutes as their early pressure told. Winger Viliami Lolohea broke clear and when he was hauled down metres from the line, Fisi’ihoi picked up to go over. But the USA rallied with two tries in the space of five minutes from Teo. Cam Dolan flicked the ball out the back of his hand to Teo in space and the winger ran in under posts before the ball was worked wide for Teo to finish in the corner. Tonga took the lead after 61 minutes when Veainu chipped over the top, chased his own kick and hacked the ball on for Lolohea, who fed Hingano to score. Just four minutes later Tonga extended their advantage with their third try. Sione Kalamafoni took the ball on from Fisi’ihoi after… Read full this story
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