Mate Ma'a Tonga stun Kiwis with historic first ever win over NZ in bruising World Cup thriller

Mate Ma'a Tonga have created history with their first ever win over the Kiwis, winning 28-22 at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton today.

FULLTIME - KIWIS 22 TONGA 28

77 mins - KIWIS 22 TONGA 28

TRY! David Fusitua has scored his third try of the match and that should seal it for Tonga.

73 mins - KIWIS 22 TONGA 24

TRY! Roger Tuivasa-Sheck powers over to score beating several Tongan defenders after some superb passing and offloads from his teammates in the lead up. Shaun Johnson lands the conversion and the Kiwis trail by two points.

65 mins - KIWIS 16 TONGA 24

TRY! Will Hopoate rubs salt into the wounds of the Kiwis running a great support line off Ben Murdoch-Masila who made a great break. Sio Siua Taukeiaho converts the try with ease.

62 mins - KIWIS 16 TONGA 18

TRY! Tui Lolohea has given his side the lead for the first time of the match after making a beautiful intercept to score under the posts. Sio Siua Taukeiaho lands the kick for Tonga to lead by two points.

58 mins - KIWIS 16 TONGA 12

TRY! Tonga are in after again with David Fusitu'a scoring his second of the match. Looked like Tui Lolohea had butchered the last play but he passes the ball to Konrad Hurrell who throws a clever pop pass for Fusitu'a who beats several Kiwis defenders to score.

Lolohea converts the try.

54 mins - KIWIS 16 TONGA 6

MISTAKE! Martin Taupau loses the ball and Tonga are now hot on attack. Making easy metres up field.

49 mins - KIWIS 16 TONGA 6

TRY! David Fusitu'a soars over the top of Kiwis' winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and slams the ball down over the try-line after a spot on cross field bomb from Tui Lolohea. Lolohea's conversion hits the uprights from out wide.

47 mins - KIWIS 16 TONGA 2

PENALTY! The Kiwis are penalised for stripping the ball off Tonga's Mahe Fonua with more than two players making the tackle.

45 mins - KIWIS 16 TONGA 2

NO TRY! Konrad Hurrell comes up short and loses the ball over the try-line. The Kiwis get out of jail.

45 mins - KIWIS 16 TONGA 2

NO TRY! Tonga made some great offload plays and worked themselves into a good position to score but it all breaks down. Ata Hingano could have possibly scored had he gone himself but Brad Takarangi gets in the way and is penalised for batting the ball down.

42 mins - KIWIS 16 TONGA 2

NO TRY! The Kiwis almost score off their first set of the match after Jordan Rapana put a perfect grubber into the in-goal. But Daniel Tupou gets back in time to bat the ball into touch. Tonga are forced to make a goal-line dropout.

40 mins - KIWIS 16 TONGA 2

And we are back underway! With Tui Lolohea kicking off for Tonga to the Kiwis.

HALFTIME - KIWIS 16 TONGA 2

39 mins - KIWIS 16 TONGA 2

TRY! Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has charged over to score after a great offload from Brad Takarangi. Shaun Johnson converts the try scored by Tuivasa-Sheck.

37 mins - KIWIS 10 TONGA 2

NO TRY! The Tongans are denied a try after officials rule Ata Hingano's pass to Mahe Fonua to have gone forward. Daniel Tupou made an awesome effort to make the catch and dive over the try-line, but his effort was in vain.

35 mins - KIWIS 10 TONGA 2

PENALTY! Nelson Asafo-Solomona has been penalised for a high tackle and it's all on as the Tongan players and Kiwis boys start pushing and shoving.

35 mins - KIWIS 10 TONGA 2

GOAL LINE DROPOUT! A great set from Tonga with Siliva Havili putting a smart grubber kick and Kodi Nikorima can't get out of his own in-goal.

33 mins - KIWIS 10 TONGA 2

PENALTY! Tonga catch a break as they are awarded a penalty with the ref blowing his whistle for the Kiwis being offside.

31 mins - KIWIS 10 TONGA 2

PENALTY! Peni Terepo gives away another penalty for being offside and the Kiwis march into the Tonga's half.

29 mins - KIWIS 10 TONGA 2

TRY! Jordan Rapana is in for the Kiwis as he dives over the right hand corner for NZ. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck led it with a huge 40m charge at the start of the set. The Kiwis shift the ball from left to right and Rapana makes an excellent finish.

Shaun Johnson lands the conversion from out wide. 

25 mins - KIWIS 4 TONGA 2

NO TRY! Danny Levi opts to scoot over the try-line but he loses the ball over the chalk. And Tonga get out of trouble.

23 mins - KIWIS 4 TONGA 2

PENALTY! Nelson Asofa-Solomona runs over the top of Tongan centre Konrad Hurrell and Tonga are penalised again. This time it is Hurrell who is penalised for not rolling out of the ruck in time.

20 mins - KIWIS 4 TONGA 2

Tonga's Jason Taumalolo. Tonga v Samoa, Rugby League World Cup, FMG Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand. Saturday, 4 November, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz
Tonga's Jason Taumalolo in action against Toa Samoa at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand. Source: Photosport

TRY! And the Kiwis are in! Some slick handling from the Kiwis as Dean Whare gets on the outside of his opposite and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak dives in to score in the left hand corner. Shaun Johnson misses his attempt at goal from out wide.

18 mins - KIWIS 0 TONGA 2

Ata Higano makes a superb catch as he defuses a possible try scoring opportunity from NZ as he pounces onto a grubber from Shaun Johnson.

17 mins - KIWIS 0 TONGA 2

A chance goes begging for Tonga as they bomb the kick on the last and they get themselves a penalty after some poor discipline from Tonga.

13 mins - KIWIS 0 TONGA 2

NO TRY! Jordan Rapana is unable to hold onto the ball as the Kiwis looked like they were in. Rapana was about a metre in front of Brad Takarangi and Tong are able to keep the Kiwis out for now.

12 mins - KIWIS 0 TONGA 2

There have been some stinging hits from both NZ and Tonga on defence - but it is the men in red that have been getting the better of their rivals marching up field with ease.

9 mins - KIWIS 0 TONGA 2

The Kiwis have had little ball and it's all Tonga at the moment.

6 mins - KIWIS 0 TONGA 2

TWO! Adam Blair is penalised for holding onto Jason Taumalolo too long in the tackle and Sio Siua Taukeiaho lands the penalty kick.

3 mins - KIWIS 0 TONGA 0

PENALTY! The Kiwis are penalised for holding down Mahe Fonua too long in the tackle and Tui Lolohea kicks the ball to touch - with the ball going into touch just inside NZ's 40m line.

2 mins - KIWIS 0 TONGA 0

A solid opening set from Tonga, a weird game plan from Tonga as they shift it wide early on the first tackle.

The Kiwis have a good return in their first set as they march deep into Tonga's half.

KICK OFF - KIWIS 0 TONGA 0

And we are underway! Shaun Johnson kicks off into the breeze to Tonga!

After a thrilling Haka and Sipi Tau the teams are now getting into position.

PRE-MATCH:

Both teams head into today's RLWC match unbeaten for the tournament, with the big talking point being about Jason Taumalolo - after he turned his back on New Zealand.

Ata Hingano and Tui Lolohea have formed a solid halves partnership for Tonga with their big star forwards Andrew Fifita, Sio Siua Taukeiaho and Taumalolo creating havoc up front for most of their rivals.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Shaun Johnson have controlled games well for the Kiwis with their running and passing game against Scotland and Toa Samoa.

Expect Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Russell Packer to provide a boost off the bench for New Zealand.

The game has been sold out with the Waikato Stadium expected to hold a capacity crowd of about 26,000.

TEAMS

Kiwis: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Dean Whare, Brad Takairangi, Jordan Rapana, Kodi Nikorima, Shaun Johnson, Martin Taupau, Thomas Leuluai, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Simon Mannering, Joseph Tapine, Adam Blair (c).

Interchange: Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Russell Packer, Isaac Liu, Danny Levi.

Tonga: Will Hopoate, Daniel Tupou, David Fusitu'a, Konrad Hurrell, Mah Fonua, Tuimoala Lolohea, Ata Hingano, Andrew Fifita, Sione Katoa, Sio Siua Taukeiaho, Manu Ma'u, Sika Manu (c), Jason Taumalolo.

Interchange: Siliva Havili, Peni Terepo, Ben Murdoch-Masila, T Pangai-Junior.

13 mins - KIWIS 0 TONGA 2
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39 mins - KIWIS 16 TONGA 2
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Watch: Jason Taumalolo, Mate Ma'a Tonga lose it as Andrew Fifita gets pranked

Team spirit was in plentiful supply as Mate Ma'a Tonga arrived in Auckland last night, as Andrew Fifita found himself on the receiving end of a classic childhood prank.

As Tonga arrived ahead of next week's clash with the Kangaroos in Auckland, swarms of fans turned out to welcome their side at a special event in Manukau.

Star forwards Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita spoke to media, however, Tevita Pangai Jr managed to leave Fifita's face as red as Tonga's shirt - pulling his pants down in front of the camera.

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"That's just how we are," Pangai Jr said.

"We like to have fun, mock each other - it's good."

Tevita Pangai made sure team spirit was high as Tonga arrived in Auckland yesterday. Source: 1 NEWS


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'Everyone makes a mistake' - Kiwis coach embracing Jesse Bromwich's Test return

New Zealand coach Michael Maguire has revealed former captain Jesse Bromwich is a part of the Test nation's leadership group to face Australia.

Bromwich and Kevin Proctor will make their anticipated return to the Kiwis fold on Saturday, almost 18 months after being axed for their role in a cocaine bust.

The pair were caught allegedly snorting cocaine hours after a mid-year Test against the Kangaroos, resulting in their dumping from the World Cup last year.

The scandal cost Bromwich the Kiwis' captaincy, however Maguire this week confirmed the Melbourne prop has been reinstated as a leader in the team.

"He's a part of the leadership group," Maguire told reporters.

"But at the moment he's very much about making sure he does what he needs to to get in the team and perform for the team."

With 41 Tests between them, Bromwich and Proctor will add some sorely needed experience to a youthful line-up at Mt Smart Stadium.

Joseph Manu and Brandon Smith are making their international debuts, while Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has been crowned captain at the tender age of 23.

It comes off the back of the unavailability of stars Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac Luke, as well as the international retirements of a number of veteran players.

Maguire was reluctant to comment further on Bromwich and Proctor's return, but conceded the duo have been presented with a shot at redemption.

"I'm really hoping we can put a stop to all the chat about where they're at. Since I've started the role it's been about Kevvy and Jesse," Maguire said.

"I know talking to them and spending some time with both of those boys, they're really looking forward to being able to put that on the park and show everyone why they have that passion around that jersey.

"Everyone makes a mistake in their life but it's now their opportunity to turn that around. It all starts on Saturday."

Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor have both been recalled to the Kiwis' squad. Source: 1 NEWS


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'We'll have our hands full' – Tonga star Jason Taumalolo says Kangaroos new looked team still a huge threat

Mate Ma'a Tonga star Jason Taumalolo is under no illusion that the Kangaroos will pose threats right across the park come next Saturday in their historic Test in Auckland.

With Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater retired from international football Taumalolo believes the new looked Australian team will be a tough challenge.

"I think regardless they'll always going to be a strong team," said Taumalolo.

"The team that they have picked for this year’s game is no different.

"They might have lost some experience but with that they have got a lot of youth and a lot of talented players."

The Kangaroos have plenty of firepower with James Tedesco, Latrell Mitchell, Tom Tjbojevic, Luke Keary and Damien Cook named to start against the Kiwis this Saturday.

"We'll have our hands full come Saturday."

Taumalolo said without Australia's usual veterans they will have a lot of firepower with their young stars. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Mate Ma'a Tonga stars welcomed with thousands of fans singing beautiful hymn

Thousands of diehard Mate Ma'a Tonga fans turned up to greet their rugby league heroes at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau on Wednesday night, despite the team's Sydney flight being delayed for several hours.

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The Tongan league stars were welcomed by a beautiful hymn sung by their fans with Tuimoala Lolohea and a few of his teammates joining in too.

Tonga are set to face off against the Kangaroos next Saturday in a historical Test at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland.

The Kangaroos first meet the Kiwis this Saturday in a triple-header at Mount Smart.

Despite their flight being delayed a few hours from Sydney the Tongan fans showed their support at Vodafone Events centre in Manukau. Source: 1 NEWS


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