Western Force vs Tonga: World Series Rugby live scores, blog

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    Match result:

    Another big crowd turned up for World Series Rugby to watch the Western Force post a 47-17 victory over a Tongan representative side in Sunday’s clash at nib Stadium.

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    Final score
    Western Force 47
    Tonga 17

    Match preview:

    After a tough win against the entertaining Fijian side, the Western Force set their sights on Tonga in the World Series Rugby tournament at the NIB Stadium in Perth. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 6pm AEST.

    More than 20,000 spectators packed in last week in to see the Western Force beat Fiji 24-14 and an impressive attendance is expected this week in Perth.

    Coach Tim Sampson have made two changes to the line-up with injured fullback Peter Grant replaced by Clay Uyen and Alifeliti Kaiut’u replacing Heath Tessmann in the starting side.

    The signing of former All-Black Jeremy Trush is an added boost however he is expected to take part later in the tournament.

    Tonga’s squad is mostly made of their A-side and they are expected to be physical and will again test the Force’s outstanding try-line defence, which was the difference against Fiji.

    Sampson has highlighted the confrontational style of rugby that the island nation possesses and knows that controlling the forwards will starve Tonga’s dangerous backline of the ball.

    Former Wallaby great and coach of Tonga Toutai Kefu will not be present this weekend and not much is known about this Tongan side, which makes the clash more intriguing.

    Prediction
    Western Force will be difficult to beat at home. The Force to win by 20 points.

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    • 5:20pm
      Brooksy said | 5:20pm | ! Report

      Went to the Tonga game and enjoyed the rugger, anyone else think that there was to much razzmatazz while the game was being played, with Dance cam kiss cam someone popping the question while the game was in play which was starting to annoy me as I’m there to watch the rugby, personally I think the razzmatazz should be kept before the game and halftime not during play

      • 5:23pm
        Sheikh said | 5:23pm | ! Report

        Well, personally I thought there was too much razzmatazz, too. But then it’s not aimed at me; I’m a rugby man, so I’ll be going to the game anyway. If the razzmatazz draws in a larger crowd and gets more people interested in the game, then the more the merrier.

        The stupid “Twiggy” chant wasn’t repeated, and I didn’t like the drum roll being played during scrums (although partly because they never got the sting at the end at the right time!) or the encouragement of a Mexican wave during play (don’t really like that at the cricket, either!).

        As long as the Dance Cam, or Kiss Cam, or even the music is only played when the ball isn’t in play then I’ve got no problem with it.

        I did wonder what the bloke popping the question would have done if there hadn’t been an injury break in the 2nd half. Surely they should have done it at half-time? (eg, when the magician was setting up or breaking down their stage.)

    • 9:43pm
      Scottd said | 9:43pm | ! Report

      A really good vibe at the game. Good to see so much support for the Tongan team.
      Looking forward to Rebels game in 3 wks

    • 9:21pm
      ajg said | 9:21pm | ! Report

      Why is it that it is taking a collapse of Super rugby in WA to get Aussie teams playing their local rivals in the Pacific? Given the multicultural make up of many australian cities it seems like many people would be more interested to see the state teams competing with the likes of Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa, rather than Japan or Argentina

      • 10:01pm
        Sheikh said | 10:01pm | ! Report

        Couldn’t tell you why Super Rugby sides don’t play pacific island teams more often, but the Force often got sides like the Asia Pacific Dragons (basically Barbarian sides from PI and foreign players in Japan) down for pre-season matches.

        I’d have thought that during the international window there would be no bar to international-free Super Rugby sides playing exhibition matches against anyone (much as the Force are playing the Rebels and Crusaders next month), but there seems little push for it from the traditional SR sides.

        It’d be awesome if, during the international window, sides like Georgia or Portugal were brought down to play matches. World Rugby should be pushing for that sort of extra exposure for the tier 3 nations.

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          1:53pm
          Crazy Horse said | 1:53pm | ! Report

          Courtesy of WSR there are sides available from Fiji, Tonga and Samoa who would no doubt welcome the opportunity to play elsewhere as long as the host is prepared to pay their expenses.

    • Roar Guru

      8:00pm
      Shakti Gounden said | 8:00pm | ! Report

      Full Time
      The Western Force have prevailed with a dominant seven try win against a spirited Tongan side but it was always going to be an uphill task as they only got together as a team 3-4 days ago. The Tongans continued to make the big hits but the fatigue caught up with them and the Force had too many strike weapons for the island nation. A comprehensive second half blew them off the park. The Tongan scrum were under the pump and this proved the crucial advantage for the Force to target. A good crowd so a good performance from the home team. Let us know your thoughts. Thanks for the comments.

      Western Force: 47
      Tonga: 17

      • 8:03pm
        Kentworth said | 8:03pm | ! Report

        Thanks for the blog. Sick that the force are back in action

      • 8:06pm
        Rugby101 said | 8:06pm | ! Report

        Thank you very much for the call Shakti. I’m overseas so can’t see it on TV. Much appreciated, well done.

      • 10:52pm
        Nathan of Perth said | 10:52pm | ! Report

        Very successful start so far.

    • Roar Guru

      7:56pm
      Shakti Gounden said | 7:56pm | ! Report

      Penalty to the Force with Tongan 23 caught offisde as the Force were peppering the Tongan line. One last throw of the dice for Force.

    • Roar Guru

      7:53pm
      Shakti Gounden said | 7:53pm | ! Report

      Andrew Forrest seems to be enjoying himself.

    • Roar Guru

      7:51pm
      Shakti Gounden said | 7:51pm | ! Report

      76‘ – A little bit of heat in the last few minutes. Those shorts that the Tongans are wearing seem a couple of sizes small.

      Western Force: 47
      Tonga: 17

      • 8:09pm
        Bakkies said | 8:09pm | ! Report

        It’s a great shame. No kit or jersey sponsor either. Maybe Twiggy can help them with finding a sponsor.

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      7:48pm
      Shakti Gounden said | 7:48pm | ! Report

      74‘ – To and fro from both teams tryng to open each other up to score. Penalty given to the Force for offside.

      Western Force: 47
      Tonga: 17

    • Roar Guru

      7:44pm
      Shakti Gounden said | 7:44pm | ! Report

      Try
      68‘ – Lacey gets over this time with great support play from AJ Alitimu who passes it to Power and a beautiful pass to the Lacey. Prior converts

      Western Force: 47
      Tonga: 17

    • Roar Guru

      7:42pm
      Shakti Gounden said | 7:42pm | ! Report

      Penalty
      68‘ – Possibly the first penalty for Tonga in the scrum.

      Western Force: 40
      Tonga: 17

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