Tonga sink Samoa to secure RLWC quarter-final berth

Tonga delivered another impressive showing at the Rugby League World Cup on Saturday, booking their place in the quarter-finals with a 32-18 win over Samoa.

Widely considered as the pick of the tier-two nations following their selection of a host of NRL and Super League stars, Tonga have been tipped to pose a serious threat to heavyweights Australia, New Zealand and England.

And their final Pool B match against the Kiwis will now be a shootout for top spot, after Samoa were out-scored five tries to three in Hamilton.

Fresh from a hat-trick in the opening-round win over Scotland, Michael Jennings claimed two further four-pointers on this occasion - twice capitalising on first-half errors from Ken Maumalo.

Tonga led 14-6 at the interval and then pulled clear in the second half with further scores from Peni Terepo and Ben Murdoch-Masila.

Ben Roberts and Tim Lafai went over as Samoa rallied, but Tonga were not to be denied and wrapped up an entertaining contest through Manu Ma'u's late score.

Read Full Story