Rugby World Cup 2019: Live updates - France v Tonga

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France 23 - 21 Tonga

Full time. 

80min - France win the kick and gather the ball to kick it out, game over! What a finish from Tonga. 

79min - TRY - Tonga, what a kick from Leon Fukofuka, it goes down the throat of Zane Kapeli who scores. Kick is good. France 23 - 21 Tonga

77min - Penalty won by Tonga and will kick for touch, can they spark something here?

75min - Look like France are going to hold on here, but nowhere near convincing. 

71min - It's a great run from Tonga but Cooper Vuna steps out. France lineout called. 

69min - The knock on comes from France now and Tonga have 12 minutes to score twice. 

68min - Try for France, against the run of play, the ball pops out to Damian Penaud and he scores. Ref goes upstairs and it's called back for a knock on.

67min - Tonga do well at the breakdown and force the penalty - they kick for touch. 

66min - What a run from Raka - he goes nearly 40 metres and almost score. 

65min - Big kick comes from France and Tonga will ground it in goal and take the 22m kick.

62min - Big momentum switch here and France have the ball for a lineout 22m out.  

59min - Tonga cant seem to get France out of their own 22, they win a penalty and will kick for the three. It's good. France 23 - 14 Tonga. 

55min - Tonga do well to turn the ball over and clear. 

53min - More great work at the breakdown from France, another penalty and they kick for touch.  

51min - Obstruction called against Tonga, they give France a big oppurtunity here. They kick for three. It's good. France 20 - 14 Tonga. 

50min - France have the ball now and are just 25 metres out. 

47min - TRY - Tonga, what a try! Cooper Vuna makes a break down the right wing and puts in a kick behind which bounces to Malietoa Hingano who scores. Kick is good. Game on! France 17 - 14 Tonga. 

46min - Tonga clear through James Faiva

46min - France scorecompletely aganst the run of play, they make the initial break and it's Charles Ollivon who stays with the play and benefits from the offload. But it's called forward. Tonga scrum.

44min - Tonga work the ball 12 phases untill they are just 5 metres out, but France do well at the breakdown to win a penalty and will kick for touch. 

42min - At the scrum, Tonga is called for a penalty, they will kick for the corner. 

41min - Back underway for the second half.

Half-time, Tonga get themselves back in the match with that try. 

39min - TRY - Tonga, the halfback goes himself and it's Sonatane Takulua who scores. Kick is good. France 17 - 7 Tonga. 

35min - Shock, it's another knock on - this time it's France, Tonga win the scrum. 

32min - TRY - France, great quick thinking from Baptiste Serin who takes the quick tap and gives it to Raka who scores. Kick is good. France 17 - 0 Tonga.

31min - Another knock on, so many handling errors. 

29min - Knock on comes from France and Tonga clear, Raka comes back with a huge run but knocks the ball on in contact. 

27min - Late hit called against Tonga, France win the penalty and will kick for the corner. 

27min - Another drop, this time it's France, too many handling errors here. 

26min - Great rush defence from France and Tonga opt to kick in behind. 

24min - From the lineout and Tonga knock the ball on.

23min - Deliberate knock on called against France and Tonga will kick for the corner. 

21min - France break and look likely but Raka is tackled out by Cooper Vuna.

20min - Tonga win a penalty and opt for the lineout. 

18min - Knock on called against France. 

17min - France look to shift the ball right but it's left behind, Tonga lineout. 

16min - Penalty won by France this time and they will kick for points, it's wide. 

14min - France are quite happy to clear as soon as they get the ball in their half. 

12min - After the Tonga scrum, they clear but it's not out. 

8min - France look well up for this, quality kicking and running from the Europeans. 

6min - TRY - France, from the lineout they spin the ball left, Raka makes the carry and the final pass - Virimi Vakatawa scores. Kick is good. France 10 - 0 Tonga. 

5min - Tonga enjoy some time on the ball before they too, kick it in behind. 

3min - Penalty won by France and they kick for three. It's good. France 3 - 0 Tonga. 

2min - France are on attack and stab a kick in behind, great kick.

1min - Kick off here in Kobe! We are underway


Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's coverage of the Rugby World Cup match between France and Tonga from Kobe Stadium. 

TAB Odds: France $1.03  Tonga $10

Pre-match chat: 'Sub-conscious bias' plaguing Polynesian players at Rugby World Cup writes Ross Karl

OPINION: On Monday's AM Show, I made a comment that the terrible penalty against Australia’s Samu Kerevi was "a little bit racist" and it became instant clickbait.

Of course, it was polarising.

It wasn't designed to be, it’s just how I see it. Let me explain.

I believe that Pacific players have long been the victims of sub-conscious bias - a subtle form of racism that even the most open-minded, well-intentioned, people sometimes suffer from, based on society’s stereotypes.

I don't believe that refs and judicial officers are out-and-out racists. I believe they are good people, with a very tough job to do.

But they look more closely at the actions of Polynesian players, even if they aren't totally conscious that they're doing it.

There's a pre-conceived notion in the rugby community that Pacific players are overly physical and are willing to cross the line into illegal play. That's simply not true.

Samoan, Tongan and Fijian players do excel at the physical aspects of rugby, but they are no more cynical than any other ethnicities.

Samu Kerevi is one of the best ball carriers in rugby. He gets over the advantage line almost every time.

He's also a clean player.

When his ball-carrying arm collided with Rhys Patchell, it was similar to other hit-ups every game that go unpunished.

It wasn't dirty or dangerous, and the ruling that his arm slid up and contacted Patchell above the shoulders is clutching at straws.

He was the victim of the stereotype that has plagued Polynesian and Melanesian players for years.

Patchell's tackle technique was poor. He was standing up straight and was risking a head clash that could have sent him flying.

If anything, his poor technique created the danger.

Rugby players are taught to start low and drive up into tackles, and Patchell's couldn't have been further from copybook.

There's that subconscious bias at play.

Distracted by the perceived wrong doing of the Polynesian player, they didn't really look at the other guy.

At least it was only a penalty - but it was a penalty that swung the momentum of the first half and left Australia too far behind to win.

There was a famous incident during the 2015 World Cup that beautifully illustrates my point.

Samoa's Alesana Tuilagi, one of the most powerful players of his generation, was suspended for five weeks for striking with a knee, while running into Japan's Harumichi Tatekawa.

The decision was atrocious. The use of the term "striking" was overly emotive.

The contact was unfortunate and hurt Tatekawa, but it's very hard to argue that Tuilagi tried to strike him with his knee.

He was actually just running into a player, who had poor tackling technique and went in head-first at the knee area.

Tuilagi was just bracing himself for contact, plus it's pretty hard to run without bending your knee. He was suspended and it was nonsense.

Now, many have argued that my next example of white players getting a better ride should be put down to inconsistency from refs and judiciaries, not racism

True, consistency is a problem with rugby rulings and that's the case no matter the colour of your skin.

But, when you look over a long period of time, patterns tend to emerge.

England's Piers Francis made a blatant high tackle on American Will Hooley last week, which went unnoticed on the field, despite being the opening tackle of the game.

He then went unpunished at the judiciary. History has shown that Polynesian players get suspended for that.

That's my point.

The sub-conscious bias has oppressed Pacific players for years, and it's time that was acknowledged and fixed.

Ross Karl is Newshub rugby editor.