20 Aug 2011

Sport: Tonga's rugby team beats Fiji

11:19 am on 20 August 2011

Kurt Morath kicked 17 points as Tonga beat Fiji 32-20 yesterday in the teams' final warmup match before next month's Rugby World Cup.

Morath kicked a conversion and five penalties as Tonga avenged a 27-12 defeat by Fiji last weekend.

Vungakoto Lilo, Fetu'u Vainikolo and Alipate Fatafehi scored tries for Tonga who led 11-10 at half-time, then built a 32-13 second half lead before conceding a try in injury time.

Fiji's tries were scored by locks Rupeni Nasiga and Leone Nakarawa.

Tonga will play New Zealand in the opening World Cup match in Auckland on September 9.