New Zealand


Rugby L


Hello, hello, hello. It's the crack of dawn, but no matter. One of the tastiest games of the group stage is upon us and I for one could not be more excited. New Zealand v Tonga should be a belter.

Hakas! Two hakas!

The Kiwis go and it ends in a big head to head. Tonga go back - this is surely one of the greatest sites in world sport. I'm pumped - let's go!

0' The Kiwis kick us off! (I've taken Tonga -10, which might be wishful thinking...)

1' The game is sold out in Hamilton and it's the Tongan contingent who are making all the noise.

2' Late change for Tonga as Michael Jennings hurt his hamstring. No problemo - big Mahe Fonua, one of the best players in the Super League, comes in on the wing. His first carry wins Mate Ma'a a penalty out.

3' Hingano is caught very high and ref Gerard Sutton let's it out. It's a pen for me, but nice to know that he's letting that go. Bodes well for biff later in the piece.

4' Lolohea kicks and it pings of a Kiwi - back to 6! Great start from Tonga this.

4' And a pen against the Kiwis under the sticks. Tonga take the two. They clearly think that this'll be close.

5' A wee graphic pops up to tell us that Taukieaho is the most accurate kicker in the tournament so far. He makes no mistake here.