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Toutai set on Wales Test

Halfback Sonatane Takulua dives in to score one of his two tries against the French Barbarians. Photo: TRU Page

NUKU’ALOFA – November 11, 2018: 4pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Ikale Tahi head coach Toutai Kefu has set his sights on the one-off Test against Wales in Cardiff this coming weekend.

The national rugby side defeated the French Barbarians 49-38 early this morning in France.

Veteran fullback Vungakoto Lilo attacks against the French Barbarians. Photo: TRU Facebook

Veteran fullback Vungakoto Lilo attacks against the French Barbarians. Photo: TRU Facebook

That was a good warm up for the side as they leave for Wales.

Wales defeated Australia 9-6 in their own Test earlier this morning as well.

Kefu wants the team to play well against Wales — and gave some new players a run on at the weekend.

“That is going to be the big one,” he said.

Kefu would have been pleased with the team’s opening victory against the French Barbarians.

But defense and the lapse of it in the later stages of the game earlier this morning would be worrying.

Wales stuck to the Wallabies in their own Test and won in the end, although they could not score a try.

Meanwhile, the ‘Ikale Tahi ran in seven tries to defeat the French Barbarians 49 – 38 this morning in an entertaining match in Bordeaux, France.

Daniel Kilioni on the attack against the French Barbarians. Photo: TRU Facebook

Daniel Kilioni on the attack against the French Barbarians. Photo: TRU Facebook

The AP report said that Tonga raced ahead and held on to beat the French Barbarians 49-38 in a thrilling contest featuring 13 tries.

Scrumhalf Sonatane Takulua scored two tries and converted all seven for Tonga, which led 28-7 at the interval and 49-14 before the Barbarians — featuring five French players from the side which won the Under-20 World Cup in June — mounted a late surge.

Tonga scored early as prop Siegfried Fisi’ihoi picked the ball up from a teammate held up on the line and found a small gap.

With Tonga totally dominating the first 15 minutes, the inevitable second try came when Takulua darted over. Tonga’s forwards were proving too strong and the next try came from rampaging No. 8 Sione Vailanu.

The Barbarians enjoyed their first good spell near the end of the first half, and scrumhalf Thibault Daubagna ran in a converted score. Center Alaska Taufa muscled through for Tonga’s fourth on the stroke of halftime.

Tonga pressured straight after the break and, with a Barbarian sin-binned, Takulua feinted a dummy and cut inside for his second try.

Despite being a man down, the home side cut through Tonga’s slack midfield and 19-year-old center Romain Ntamack — the son of former France winger Emile Ntamack — finished off a quick move for a converted score.

Takulua was in fine form and set up replacement utility back Latiume Fosita for the sixth try, and fullback Vunga Lilo pounced after the Barbarians lost the ball and Takulua quickly gathered it to spark the move.

Then Tonga got complacent and the Barbarians ran in four consecutive tries — through Pierre-Louis Barassi, impressive winger Martin Laveau, Yvan Reilhac and right winger Clement Laporte — before running out of time.

Tonga Try scorers: Sonatane Takulua (2), Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, Sione Vailanu, Alaska Taufa, Latiume Fosita, Vunga Lilo tries.

The ‘Ikale Tahi will meet Georgia in their last Test on the tour.

 






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