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

13th May, 2018
When: Sunday 13th May, 6pm AEST
Where: NIB Stadium, Perth
TV: Fox Sports Channel 505

Force
1. Harry Lloyd, 2. Alifeleti Kaitu'u, 3. Chris Heiberg, 4. Fergus Lee-Warner, 5. Johan Bardoul, 6. Tevin Ferris, 7. Chris Alcock, 8. Brynard Stander, 9. Ian Prior, 10. Andrew Deegan, 11. Brad Lacey, 12. Rodney Iona, 13. Marcel Brache, 14. Rod Davies, 15. Clay Uyen

Reserves: 16. Harry Scoble, 17. Tom Sheminant, 18. Kieran Longbottom, 19. Leon Power, 20. Harrison Orr, 21. Elliot Turner, 22. AJ Alatimu, 23. Henry Taefu
Brynard Stander of the Force is congratulated by team mates after crossing for a try during the World Series Rugby match between the Western Force and the Fiji Warriors at nib Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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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.

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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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