Tonga will face the Springboks on the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Sonatane Takulua of Tonga. (Picture by Peter Wallis / World Rugby through Getty Photos)

Tonga booked their place in Rugby World Cup 2023 with a snug 44-22 win Hong Kong on Saturday.

The Tongans have scored six out of three tries towards one recreation, however have outclassed the Hong Kong crew on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Tonga will now line up in Group B of subsequent 12 months’s match in France, collectively South Africa, Eire, Scotland And Romania.

Takulua, who gave opponent Jack Combs a foul time, mentioned he benefited from the work of his total crew.

“I am fortunate sufficient to have made three tries, however it wasn’t simply me, it was the hassle of all the fellows,” mentioned Takulua.

“Getting the win tonight is a superb reduction.”

Hong Kong nonetheless has an opportunity to qualify, becoming a member of the US, Portugal and Kenya in a repechage match to be held in November.

Tonga has by no means had an issue towards largely beginner Hong Kong, who’ve struggled to include the islanders in nearly each respect.

The Tongan striker dominated the whole time, successful a string of penalties, notably within the scrum, whereas their defenders had been in a position to make floor simply each time they moved the ball to the facet.

The writing was on the wall for Hong King nearly from kick-off, with Tonga having two tries canceled within the first 4 minutes.

Hong Kong had no ball within the first 20 minutes, however by some means desperately resisted, solely going behind a William Havili penalty within the eleventh minute.

It regarded disturbing to them when Takulua, who performs for Toulon within the French Prime 14, crossed below the posts within the fifteenth minute following some big photographs from his tight forwards.

Hong Kong rejected the kick-off with a well-made attempt to tail Alexander Put up, however then it was all Tonga.

They entered the interval with a 20-8 lead, then scored 4 tries within the second half to open a 44-8 lead with quarter-hour left.

Hong Kong had the ultimate say with two late tries towards spectacular winger Matthew Worley, however the outcome was by no means doubtful.

Nonetheless, Hong Kong captain Josh Hrstich mentioned: “I’m extraordinarily pleased with our dedication.”

“We spent three weeks collectively – bankers, brokers, PTs, sparkies – simply part-time rugby fighters with the possibility of a lifetime,” he mentioned.

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