NZ downs Tonga 97-0

BRISBANE – New Zealand showed why they are the reigning Oceania Rugby and World Rugby U20s champions with a commanding 97-0 win over tournament debutants Tonga on Friday night.

The Craig Philpott-coached side rose to the challenge in front of them from the off, posting their first try through Leicester Fainga’anuku with less than 90 seconds gone. Ricky Jackson added a second after five minutes and New Zealand did not let up from that point onwards to take a 42-0 lead into half-time.

Rather than take their foot off the gas, New Zealand put on another masterclass of finishing in the second half to nearly reach three figures, with Fainga’anuku going on to complete his hat-trick. In total, 12 different players got their names on the scoresheet and New Zealand also had a penalty try awarded.

Tonga fought valiantly but were clearly no match for a New Zealand team brimming with confidence. Pacnews


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