10 Jun 2013

Sport: Canada beat Tonga to extend PNC lead

8:20 am on 10 June 2013

Canada have extended their lead in the Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament after withstanding a late Tongan fightback to win 36-27 in Kingston.

Second rower Lua Lokotui opened the scoring with a try after just two minutes

but ill discipline proved costly for the 'Ikale Tahi with prop Eddie Aholelei sent off six minutes before halftime and the boot of James Pritchard ensured the home side went into the sheds ahead 9-7.

Sione Piukala and Tevita Halaifonua were both sent to the sin bin early in the second half as Canada made the most of their numerical advantage, crossing for three quick tries to extend their advantage to 33-10.

The 'Ikale Tahi came to life in the final quarter, with Viliame Iongi, Fetu'u Vainikolo and Will Helu all dotting down to close the gap to six points with three minutes remaining, as Canada also had a player shown a red card.

But the Canucks kept their cool with Pritchard slotting another penalty on fulltime to deny Tonga a bonus point and maintain their unbeaten record start to the PNC.