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Tonga A fin­ished third at the World Rugby Pa­cific Chal­lenge af­ter they beat Ju­nior Ja­pan 44-30 at the ANZ Sta­dium in Suva

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - JUS­TINE MAN­NAN SUVA Edited by Leone Cabenatabua Feed­back: justin.man­nan@fi­jisun.com.fj

WHAT HAP­PENED?

Tonga A wasted no time in get­ting down to busi­ness when Ate­lea Moa broke through the Ja­panese de­fence to score the first try, with Pate­le­sio One’one adding the con­ver­sion as they led 8- 0. The lead was how­ever, short­lived when Ja­pan replied with a try from Ryo Inoue and with Ry­oto Naka­mura’s con­ver­sion they drew level 8-8. Not to be out­done Tonga struck back with a try from a pick and drive move, which saw Fe’ao Hui go­ing over with One’one on tar­get with the con­ver­sion. Trail­ing 8-16, Ja­pan dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion and kept the ball in the Ton­gan ter­ri­tory for quite some time. Con­stant pres­sure by Ju­nior Ja­pan paid div­i­dend when Takuhei Ya­suda went over for a try, which was not con­verted as they nar­rowed the deficit to 16-14. The Ton­gans came back as Hui pushed his way over the try­line for his se­cond try, which was con­verted as they ex­tended the lead to 24-14. This put the Ja­panese un­der a lot of pres­sure as they made mis­takes and the Ton­gans were quick to cap­i­talise on it with One’one kick­ing in a penalty as they led 26-14 at half­time. Ya­suda kicked-off the se­cond half by scor­ing his team’s third try while Naka­mura added the two points as they closed to the gap to 26-22. One’one ex­tended Tonga’s lead with his se­cond penalty to fur­ther their lead 28-22. Ja­pan strug­gled to con­tain the Ton­gan for­wards as Al­fred Hau­sia drove over to score, while One’one’s con­ver­sion bought the scores to 36-22. Ba­sic mis­takes by Ja­pan cost them pos­ses­sion and sub­sti­tute Sione Lolo­hea im­me­di­ately made an im­pact when ran in to score a try un­der the post, while One’one con­verted to leave the scores at 44-22. Ja­pan tried to make a come­back but only man­aged to get a penalty try and left the fi­nal scores at 44-30.

BIG PLAY

Ju­nior Ja­pan held their ground and never gave up. This re­sulted in them get­ting a penalty try at the dy­ing mo­ments of the game

STAR TURN

Tonga’s Pate­le­sio One’one had his kick­ing boots on and never missed any kick at goal.

COM­MENTS Ju­nior Ja­pan cap­tain Shokei Kin:

“We had a good start to the game but we could not keep our form es­pe­cially with the big hits from the Ton­gans. Over­all it was good ex­pe­ri­ence for the boys, we re­ally learned a lot from play­ing against Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.”

Tonga A cap­tain Sione Lolo­hea:

“Glad to have fin­ished third in the com­pe­ti­tion and the boys re­ally gained a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence. Shame we could not reach the fi­nals but we have a lot to take back with us and learn from it which will im­prove our team.”

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

Tonga Ate­lea Moa jumps for the ball against Ju­nior Ja­pan dur­ing their World Rugby Pa­cific chal­lenge at the ANZ

Sta­dium, Suva, yes­ter­day.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Tonga’s Fe’ao Hui scores a try at the ANZ Sta­dium, Suva, yes­ter­day.

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