22 Sep 2011

Tonga win frenetic match against Japan

6:56 am on 22 September 2011

Tonga kept alive their slim hopes of qualifying for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a 31-18 win over Japan in a frenetic match last night in Whangarei.

Tonga's huge forwards set the platform for their win, but it was 16 points from the boot of their first five Kurt Morath that separated the two sides, who both scored three tries.

For Tonga to qualify for the playoffs they need the All Blacks to hammer France, then beat the French themselves with a bonus point.

There's only one match again today between the defending champions South Africa and Namibia.

This morning the All Blacks will be announcing their team for Saturday night's match against France at Eden Park.