Live updates: Tonga v Fiji in Auckland

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Fiji 29 - 19 Tonga

80 min: That's full time! What a frantic final couple of minutes - Tonga kept searching and the Fijian defence stood up during the first half! What a game, stay tuned for the match wrap. 

78 min: Fiji still looking to run the ball on attack - it's relentless. 

76 min: Really good defence from Fiji and they win a penalty on their own tryline - that could be the game.

74 min: Another penalty for Tonga as they push closer to the tryline. 

73 min: Penalty goes the way of Tonga after Fiji was called for the offside - need to score ASAP to get back into the game. 

72 min: Both No.8's are sent to the bin and Fiji get the penalty becuase Tonga started it. 

72 min: Ben O Keefe is going upstairs for a potential foul play - closed fist punch. 

72 min: An obstruction by Tonga ends the attack - Fiji win the penalty. 

71 min: Tonga are making a late charge at this match - a massive driving maul just 22 metres out now. 

64 min: The Fijians gather the ball off their own kickoff and they win a penalty just 10 metres out. 

62 min: TRY - Tonga, another lineout drive from Tonga and they go over, too big and too strong off the lineout and it's Sosefo Sakalia who scores. Kick is good. 

61 min: Penalty called because of a high tackle on Tonga - 20 metres out. 

56 min: TRY - Fiji, gorgeous lineout move from Fiji - the lineout feed goes in then they go short side back to the hooker Sam Matavesi who scores a well executed try. Kick is wide.  Fiji 29 - 12 Tonga

54 min: Fiji win a penalty and gives them a chance to kick for points. It hits the post. 

50 min: TRY - Tonga, it's all happening here, lots of passing and quick ball speed mixed with skill and the Tongans have another try - ref calls it back for a penalty, a high tackle.. unlucky call but it's probably the right one. 

47 min: TRY - Fiji, big solid running from Fiji and they work the ball close to the line before their captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu crashed over. Kick is good. Fiji 24 - 12 Tonga. 

45 min: Fiji win a penalty and they will have the chance to advance the ball up field. 

44 min: Tonga with a penalty but they dont find touch - instead of kicking - the Fijians run it from their own line. 

41 min: Back underway at Eden Park. 

Half time - wow, what a half, lots of running rugby and lots of flair, cant wait for the second forty. 

38 min: TRY - Fiji, relentless attack from the Fijians - they havn't had much ball, but what they've had they have made the most of it - flanker Semi Kunatani crosses to put them ahead. Kick is wide. 

34 min: Fearless from the Fijians as they run the ball from their own line - Radradra right in the mix again - entertaining rugby this afternoon at Eden Park. 

31 min: Fiji look to run the ball from outside their 22, Radradra starts the attack but they cant seem to link up - the ball going out. 

29 min: This is really nice to watch as the Tongans and Fijians throw the ball around using their flair and pace. 

27 min: High tackle from Tonga and it gives Fiji a chance to clear. 

24 min: TRY - Fiji. A classic Fiji rugby try, Vereniki Goneva scores the try but it's a great build up play from the Fijian backs. Kick is wide. 

20 min: TRY - Tonga. Massive rolling maul off the lineout and Tonga score through hooker Paula Ngauamo. Kick hits the post. Fiji 7 - 12 Tonga

18 min: Lots of turnovers midway through this first half - Fiji clear through Volavola. 

14 min: Fiji do well to force a turnover and kick for touch - game evenly poised here. 

13 min: Penalty won by Tonga - they kick for touch. 

9 min: TRY - Fiji, as quick as a flash and Fiji score, Semi Radradra comes up with a turnover and he finds winger Josua Tuisova who runs 60 metres to score.  Kick is good. Fiji 7 - 7 Tonga

8 min: Tonga are carrying the ball very well here - it's all Tonga early on here, big defence needed from Fiji. 

3 min: TRY - Tonga, patience from Tonga, they spin the ball wide and it's the captain who scores. Siale Piutau goes over untouched. Kick is good. Fiji 0 - 7 Tonga. 

3 min: Tonga have the ball just 5m out here - could be a great start. 

1 min: Fiji look to pass their way out of their own 22, but that doesn't work so Volavola clears. 

1 min: Kick off here at Eden Park. 


Kia ora, good afternoon and welcome to Newshub's coverage of the Pasifika Challenge match between Tonga and Fiji from Eden Park.

TAB Odds: Fiji $1.11 Tonga $5.90


Tonga: 15-David Halaifonua, 14-'Atieli Pakalani, 13-Siale Piutau (capt), 12-Cooper Vuna, 11-Viliami Lolohea, 10-James Faiva, 9-Sonatane Takulua, 8-Maama Vaipulu, 7-Fotu Lokotui, 6-Sitiveni Mafi, 5-Leva Fifita, 4-Sam Lousi, 3-Ben Tameifuna, 2-Paula Ngauamo, 1-Siegfried Fisi'ihoi.

Reserves: 16-Sosefo Sakalia, 17-Vunipola Fifita, 18-Ma'afu Fia, 19-Zane Kapeli, 20-Sione Kalamafoni, 21-Leon Fukofuka, 22-Kurt Morath, 23-Malietoa Hingano.

Fiji: 15-Alivereti Veitokani, 14-Josua Tuisova, 13-Semi Radradra, 12-Levani Botia, 11-Vereniki Goneva, 10-Ben Volavola, 9-Frank Lomani, 8-Peceli Yato, 7-Semi Kunatani, 6-Dominiko Waqaniburotu (c), 5-Leone Nakarawa, 4-Tevita Cavubati, 3-Kalivati Tawake, 2-Sam Matavesi, 1-Campese Ma’afu

Reserves: 16-Tuvere Vugakoto, 17-Eroni Mawi, 18-Peni Ravai, 19-Tevita Ratuva, 20-Viliame Mata, 21-Nikola Matawalu, 22-Joshua Matavesi, 23-Waisea Nayacalevu