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74
24
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International Rugby
Saturday 17 November 2018, 7:30am MST

Wales v Tonga

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  • FT
  • ConversionRhys Patchell
    78'
  • TRY!Liam Williams
    77'
  • ConversionRhys Patchell
    72'
  • TRY!Rhys Patchell
    71'
  • ConversionRhys Patchell
    70'
  • TRY!Aled Davies
    69'
  • ConversionRhys Patchell
    65'
  • TRY!Cory Hill
    64'
  • TRY!Tyler Morgan
    62'
  • ConversionDan Biggar
    59'
  • TRY!Tomos Williams
    57'
  • Penalty GoalDan Biggar
    55'
  • ConversionDan Biggar
    46'
  • TRY!Steff Evans
    45'
  • ConversionSonatane Takulua
    43'
  • TRY!Sione Vailanu
    42'
  • HT
  • ConversionSonatane Takulua
    39'
  • TRY!Steve Mafi
    38'
  • ConversionSonatane Takulua
    32'
  • TRY!Leva Fifita
    31'
  • Penalty GoalDan Biggar
    21'
  • ConversionDan Biggar
    11'
  • TRY!Liam Williams
    10'
  • Penalty GoalSonatane Takulua
    8'
  • ConversionDan Biggar
    6'
  • TRY!Dan Biggar
    5'
  • Yellow CardLeva Fifita
    2'
  • PENALTY TRY!
    2'
  • KO

Stats

Match Stats
Player Stats
634
348
Metres
49
37
Carries
31
10
Defenders beaten
22
4
Clean breaks
185
88
Passes
18
5
Offloads
9
13
Turnovers conceded
8
0
Turnovers won
130
135
Tackles
10
31
Missed tackles
Wales T C P
15 Jonah Holmes 0 0 0
14 Liam Williams 2 0 0
13 Tyler Morgan 1 0 0
12 Owen Watkin 0 0 0
11 Steff Evans 1 0 0
10 Dan Biggar 1 4 2
9 Tomos Williams 1 0 0
1 Wyn Jones 0 0 0
2 Elliot Dee 0 0 0
3 Leon Brown 0 0 0
4 Jake Ball 0 0 0
5 Adam Beard 0 0 0
6 Aaron Wainwright 0 0 0
7 Ellis Jenkins 0 0 0
8 Seb Davies 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Ryan Elias 0 0 0
17 Rob Evans 0 0 0
18 Tomas Francis 0 0 0
19 Cory Hill 1 0 0
20 Ross Moriarty 0 0 0
21 Aled Davies 1 0 0
22 Rhys Patchell 1 4 0
23 Josh Adams 0 0 0
Tonga T C P
15 Vunga Lilo 0 0 0
14 Viliami Lolohea 0 0 0
13 Alaska Taufa 0 0 0
12 Siale Piutau 0 0 0
11 Daniel Kilioni 0 0 0
10 Kurt Morath 0 0 0
9 Sonatane Takulua 0 3 1
1 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi 0 0 0
2 Paula Ngauamo 0 0 0
3 Ma'afu Fia 0 0 0
4 Leva Fifita 1 0 0
5 Steve Mafi 1 0 0
6 Daniel Faleafa 0 0 0
7 Fotu Lokotui 0 0 0
8 Sione Vailanu 1 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Sefo Sakalia 0 0 0
17 Latu Talakai 0 0 0
18 Paea Fa'anunu 0 0 0
19 Onehunga Havili 0 0 0
20 Mike Faleafa 0 0 0
21 Leon Fukofuka 0 0 0
22 Kali Hala 0 0 0
23 Atieli Pakalani 0 0 0

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  • Thanks for joining our commentary this afternoon. Until next time, goodbye.
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  • Wales have hammered Tonga this afternoon, scoring 10 tries over the course of the match. The home side had a bright start to the contest, as a penalty try along with scores from Dan Biggar and Liam Williams put them in command. However, Tonga came back into the game before the break and then levelled through Sione Vailanu in the second half. His effort woke up the Welsh dragon and they responded with 50 unanswered points. Steff Evans, Tomos Williams, Tyler Morgan, Rhys Patchell and Liam Williams all scored in the second period to secure a dominant victory for Warren Gatland's men.
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  • FULL-TIME: WALES 74-24 TONGA
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  • After missing his first kick, Patchell has been on the spot and he continues with another solid effort from the right flank.
    79''
  • CONVERSION! WALES 74-24 TONGA (PATCHELL)
    79''
  • Ball deserved the try for his exploits this afternoon, but Liam Williams profits from his good work. After the lock's surge between the two Tonga defender, Davies was able to spot Williams in space and he made one player miss before diving over the line.
    78''
  • Try
    TRY! WALES 72-24 TONGA (LIAM WILLIAMS)
    78''
  • Ball crashes through the gainline and it opens up space for the home side to threaten for another score again.
    78''
  • Tonga are desperate to take the pace out of the game, but Wales seem intent on further scores as they enter the visitors' 22 once again.
    76''
  • Patchell gave himself an easy kick to complete the conversion.
    74''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! WALES 67-24 TONGA (PATCHELL)
    74''
  • Patchell gets in on the act now as he fakes an offload and charges through the line. He runs 50 metres unchallenged and slides in between the uprights. It's all too easy for the home side.
    73''
  • Try
    TRY! WALES 65-24 TONGA (PATCHELL)
    73''
  • Patchell sends the ball through from close range. Wales have 60 points.
    71''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! WALES 60-24 TONGA (PATCHELL)
    71''
  • Wales score a brilliant try to highlight their dominance in the second half. The home side complete eight offloads in quick succession to keep Tonga off balance. Steff Evans, Liam Williams and Davies are heavily involved, with Williams and Davies combining for the final act, which sees the scrum-half evade two challenges before touching down under the posts. 
    70''
  • Try
    TRY! WALES 58-24 TONGA (DAVIES)
    70''
  • It has all been one-way traffic since Tonga levelled the scores. Wales found their extra gear to take the game away from the visitors.
    68''
  • Better from Patchell on this occasion as he strikes his effort through to compound Wales' dominance.
    66''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! WALES 53-24 TONGA (PATCHELL)
    66''
  • Fukofuka and Havili are on the for the visitors to replace Vailanu and Takulua.
    65''
  • Wales score again as Lilo fails to gather an up and under and Elias offloads to Hill in space. The forward has a free run to the line and touches down unopposed. The rout is on for the home side.
    65''
  • Try
    TRY! WALES 51-24 TONGA (HILL)
    65''
  • MISS! Patchell fails to send his first kick of the day through the posts, sending his effort wide of the posts on the right side.
    64''
  • Morgan touches down for Wales after another surge from their backfield. Holmes and Morgan failed to connect first time around as the full-back dwelled too long on his pass and the centre was tackled short of the line. Support came from Watkin, who managed to flick the ball out of his hands towards his team-mate to complete the score on this occasion.
    63''
  • Try
    TRY! WALES 46-24 TONGA (MORGAN)
    63''
  • Wales are dominating at the breakdown now and earn yet another penalty that sees Patchell send the ball into the Tonga 22.
    62''
  • Davies, Hill and Patchell are on for the home side to replace Tomos Williams, Beard and Biggar.
    60''
  • In his final act of the game, Biggar sends his kick through the posts, completing a fine afternoon for the fly-half.
    60''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! WALES 41-24 TONGA (BIGGAR)
    60''
  • Wales' pressure on the line pays off as Tomos Williams fakes the offload to the right wing to create enough space to charge over himself. He looks as though he has been tackled short, but the scrum-half stretches out to touch down.
    59''
  • Try
    TRY! WALES 39-24 TONGA (TOMOS WILLIAMS)
    59''
  • Biggar makes a move on the line in a Wales assault that takes the fly-half within inches. The home side are looking to put the game to bed.
    58''
  • Tired legs might be an issue for Tonga now as another mistake at the breakdown see Wales break back into the 22.
    57''
  • Biggar has a kick from 30 metres to extend Wales' advantage to 10 points and he makes no mistake, holding his composure with ease.
    56''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOOD! WALES 34-24 TONGA (BIGGAR)
    56''
  • Wales drive back at the visitors and Liam Williams with the aid of Holmes breaks over the gainline. The home side work the ball from right to left before forcing a mistake from Tonga at the breakdown. Biggar will have an opportunity to kick at the posts.
    55''
  • Tonga's power at the scrum comes to their rescue again and Takalua clears downfield, although his kick does not travel a great distance.
    54''
  • Fa'anunu and Faleafa come onto the field for the visitors to replace Lokotui and Fia. Francis and Elias come on for Wales in the front row.
    53''
  • Tonga's power in their forward line has saved them from conceding a fifth try as Vailanu holds his ground at the scrum. The home side are still within striking distance.
    52''
  • TMO! Wales crank up the pressure after winning a penalty. Biggar's kick for touch puts them within five metres of the line. The home side push with their forwards, but Dee gets held up as he goes for the score. Excellent last-ditch defending from Tonga.
    50''
  • Watkin forces a turnover from Morath in the Tonga half and Steff Evans gathers to send a grubber kick towards the tryline. Rob Evans is in pursuit, but Lilo covering for the visitors is able to touch down ahead of him, earning Tonga respite.
    48''
  • Rob Evans comes on in the front row for Jones for the home side.
    47''
  • Biggar puts Wales back in front by seven points with a fine kick from the left flank that he sends effortlessly between the sticks.
    47''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! WALES 31-24 TONGA (BIGGAR)
    47''
  • Wales issue a response to Tonga's leveller as Ball leads a break over the gainlline. He carries the ball with 10 metres of the line before he finally gets brought down. Bigger capitalises on the momentum with a kick over to the left flank where Evans in acres of space gathers to touch down.
    46''
  • Try
    TRY! WALES 29-24 TONGA (EVANS)
    46''
  • Pakalani replaces Lolohea for the visitors on the wing.
    45''
  • Incredibly Tonga have levelled the scores after trailing 24-3 in the first half. Takulua sends the ball through the posts from close range.
    44''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! WALES 24-24 TONGA (TAKULUA)
    44''
  • Tomos Williams commits a huge error for the home side as his slack offload from a lineout is intercepted by Vailanu. The Tonga number eight runs 55 metres unopposed to touch down over the line. A great interception and run by the Tonga forward. Game on.
    43''
  • Try
    TRY! WALES 24-22 TONGA (VAILANU)
    43''
  • Liam Williams loses possession for the home side and allows Tonga to break through Morath. However, there are enough black shirts to stymie Tonga's attacking move.
    42''
  • We're back underway in Cardiff.
    41''
  • Wales lost their way after their good start to proceedings, which will have annoyed Gatland. There's more than enough talent on the pitch to get back to the level of the opening 20 minutes. However, they have to be stronger in the tackle and the breakdown as Tonga are looking dangerous with ball in hand.
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  • The first half has been a tale of two periods. Wales made a bright start to the game, taking control with three early tries. A penalty try was awarded to the home side before Dan Biggar and Liam Williams touched down. Warren Gatland's men held a commanding 24-3 lead before Tonga forced their way back into the contest. Leva Fifita bounced back from his early yellow card to score and his partner in the back row Sitiveni Mafi also found the tryline to bring the visitors within seven at the interval.
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  • HALF-TIME: WALES 24-17 TONGA
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  • Takulua sends his kick from close range through the posts. Tonga are within a converted try now.
    40''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! WALES 24-17 TONGA (TAKULUA)
    40''
  • Tonga are well and truly back in the game now. The power of their forwards forces Wales back on their own tryline. Mafi spots a gap in the Wales' defensive line and he charges over from a yard out to register the score.
    39''
  • Try
    TRY! WALES 24-15 TONGA (MAFI)
    39''
  • Ngauamo completes a clean lineout and the Tonga forwards are driving for the line again.
    38''
  • Wales lock Ball gets his hands in the ruck and the referee spots the infringement. Morath sends his kick deep into the Wales 22. There's a chance for the visitors to get right back into the game with a score here.
    37''
  • Taufa chases a long ball over the top and knocks on in his desperation to get there ahead of Evans. Wales have a scrum in a defensive position, so it was not a bad decision from the Tonga centre to go for the ball.
    35''
  • Given that the ball was touched down right under the posts, Takulua has a simple kick and he converts to bring the visitors within 14 points.
    33''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! WALES 24-10 TONGA (TAKULUA)
    33''
  • Tonga's pressure on the Wales defense pays off as Fifita manages to touch the ball down under the posts. TMO is brought in to clarify the decision and it shows the lock did just enough on his drive to get the ball grounded on the support mats on the uprights.
    32''
  • Try
    TRY! WALES 24-8 TONGA (FIFITA)
    32''
  • Vailanu gets the charge on from a Tonga scrum. He charges through two tackles from the Wales' backs to get within touching distance.
    31''
  • Tonga are unable to get over the line as a pass from Takulua fails to pick out Kilioni on the wing. However, the visitors get the penalty five metres from the tryline for an offside decision against Wales.
    30''
  • Although Wales clear the initial charge from the visitors, Tonga drive back at them with a powerful run from Vailanu. The home side are having to defend with numbers inside their 22.
    28''
  • Ngauamo fails to throw the ball straight at the lineout. Wales' pressure from the set-piece has caused the Tonga hooker all sorts of problems this afternoon. 
    26''
  • Tonga earn the penalty from the resulting scrum as their forward pack drives Wales backwards, forcing the mistake from the home side. Morath kicks deep into the Wales 22.
    25''
  • Tonga fail to complete a simple offload down the left flank as Piutau throws a forward pass to Kilioni. The visitors cannot afford to make those sort of mistakes.
    24''
  • No problem for Biggar as he sends his effort between the uprights with ease.
    22''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOOD! WALES 24-3 TONGA (BIGGAR)
    22''
  • Wainwright gets clattered on the charge after Beard faked an offload to his team-mate. Faleafa commits the foul, but avoids a yellow card. The home side still have a penalty that Biggar will take.
    21''
  • Ngauamo's problems at the lineout continue as Wales are able to gather at the back of the line. Here come the home side again.
    20''
  • Wales are able to clear their lines thanks to a strong effort at the scrum from their forwards. Wainwright takes the ball out and gains valuable yards away from the five-metre line. Biggar's boot completes the clearance, sending the ball into touch.
    19''
  • TMO! Tonga believe they are over the line after Ngauamo touches down following a spell of sustained pressure. However, Biggar forces a mistake right before the hooker touched down for the score, forcing a knock-on. The TMO spots the mistake and it will be a scrum to Wales rather than a try for the visitors.
    17''
  • Tonga ramp up the pressure on the Wales' line. Their forwards are getting the job done with a surge to within a metre of the tryline.
    16''
  • Tonga are back to their full compliment of players with Fifita re-entering the action. The visitors make a strong surge to the Wales 22 to put them within striking distance.
    14''
  • It's a tough kick for Biggar, but he sends his kick inside the uprights with deadly accuracy to notch the two points.
    12''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! WALES 21-3 TONGA (BIGGAR)
    12''
  • Wales' dominance continues as they scythe through the Tonga line with ease. The ball goes from right to left and back again through Wainwright before Morgan and Holmes combine to feed Liam Williams. There's still work to do for the winger in the corner, but he touches down over the line with a dive.
    11''
  • Try
    TRY! WALES 19-3 TONGA (LIAM WILLIAMS)
    11''
  • Relief for the visitors as they stem the tide with points of their own. Takulua holds his nerve to send his kick through the posts.
    9''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOOD! WALES 14-3 TONGA (TAKULUA)
    9''
  • Tonga threaten with ball in hand and Lolohea's drive at the Wales line earns a penalty for the visitors as Dee fails to roll out of the ruck.
    8''
  • Biggar sends his kick through the posts and Wales are already into a dominant position.
    7''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! WALES 14-0 TONGA (BIGGAR)
    7''
  • Tonga's nightmare start continues as Ngauamo overthrows his team-mates in the lineout. Dee gathers for Wales and a series of quick offloads allows Biggar to touch down over the line, breaking through two challenges in the process.
    6''
  • Try
    TRY! WALES 12-0 TONGA (BIGGAR)
    6''
  • Biggar sends a kick deep and the visitors are under pressure once again.
    5''
  • Yellow Card
    SIN BIN! Fifita goes into the sin bin for the visitors after he tried to stop Wales' drive for the line. A nightmare start for Tonga.
    4''
  • Wales are over the line and the referee awards a penalty try from their maul after Dee's lineout was collected. The forward pack drove Tonga back with ease and created the pressure to force the mistake.
    3''
  • Try
    PENALTY TRY! WALES 7-0 TONGA
    3''
  • Wales are awarded an early penalty and Biggar sends a boot down the field to allow the home side to enter Tongan territory.
    1''
  • We're underway at the Principality Stadium.
    1''
  • The teams are out on the pitch, so we should be underway shortly.
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  • Wales have won all eight meetings with Tonga, including 24-6 in Auckland last year.
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  • Tonga are without David Halifonua and Cooper Vuna for the November Internationals due to injury. Fia will make his debut in the front row, while Piutau captains the team from centre.
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  • Wales have made 14 changes from their win over Australia. Only Adam Beard in the second row retains his place from the triumph last week. Holmes makes his debut at full-back for his country, while Wyn Jones gets his first start after making nine appearances off the bench. There's plenty of experience in the side with Liam Williams and Dan Biggar in the backfield, with the former earning his 50th cap.
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  • REPLACEMENTS: Sefo Sakalia, Latu Talakai, Paea Fa'anunu, Onehunga Favili, Mike Faleafa, Leon Fukofuka, Kali Hala, Atieli Pakalani.
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  • TONGA XV: Vungakoto Lilo; Viliami Lolohea, Alaska Taufa, Siale Piutau, Daniel Kilioni; Kurt Morath, Sonatane Takalua; Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, Paula Ngauamo, Ma'afu Fia; Leva Fifita, Sitiveni Mafi; Dan Faleafa, Foto Lokomui, Sione Vailanu.
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  • REPLACEMENTS: Ryan Elias, Rob Evans, Tomas Francis, Corey Hill, Ross Moriarty, Aled Davies, Rhys Patchell, Josh Adams.
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  • WALES XV: Jonah Holmes; Liam Williams, Tyler Morgan, Owen Watkin, Steff Evans; Dan Biggar, Tomos Williams; Wyn Jones, Elliot Dee, Leon Brown; Jake Ball, Adam Beard; Aaron Wainwright, Ellis Jenkins; Seb Davies
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  • Wales enter the contest fresh off their win over Australia last time out where they ended a 13-game winless drought against the Wallabies, securing a 9-6 triumph. Warren Gatland's men have made an impressive start to their season after previously beating Scotland and will now look to maintain their form against Tonga. Tonga are in action for the first time since the end of June. Their last outing ended in a win over Fiji, but Wales will provide a much more challenging prospect this afternoon.
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  • Good afternoon and welcome to the November International clash between Wales and Tonga at the Principality Stadium.
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