Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Scotland 45-17 Tonga: Scots keep Rugby World Cup quarter-finals hopes alive with bonus-point win -Dlight News

George Turner, Duhan van der Merwe, Kyle Steyn, Rory Darge, George Horne, Blair Kinghorn, Darcy Graham all score tries for Scotland in important bonus-point Rugby World Cup win vs Tonga; Gregor Townsend’s side play Ireland in their final pool game, needing to win

Blair Kinghorn scored one of seven Scotland tries, as they claimed a Rugby World Cup win vs Tonga

Blair Kinghorn scored one of seven Scotland tries, as they claimed a Rugby World Cup win vs Tonga

Scotland kept their Rugby World Cup quarter-final hopes alive with a 45-17 Pool B bonus-point victory over Tonga in Nice. 

Placed in this year’s ‘group of death’ alongside Ireland and South Africa, and having already lost to the Springboks, Scotland could ill-afford a second slip-up, and pulled away in the second half to confirm victory.

Gregor Townsend’s side scored seven tries through hooker George Turner, wings Duhan van der Merwe and Kyle Steyn, back-row Rory Darge, scrum-half George Horne, full-back Blair Kinghorn and replacement-back Darcy Graham.

Scotland – Tries: Turner (5), Van der Merwe (26), Steyn (30), Darge (42), Horne (54), Kinghorn (68), Graham (80+2). Cons: Russell (6, 43, 55, 70, 80+4).

Tonga – Tries: Kata (20), Tameifuna (44). Cons: Havili (21, 45). Pens: Havili (10).

Tonga scored tries through wing Solomone Kata and prop Ben Tameifuna, but must now beat South Africa next weekend to stand any hope of progression.

What’s next?

Scotland next face Ireland on Saturday October 7, in their crucial final Rugby World Cup Pool B game, at the Stade de France in Paris (8pm kick off BST).

Tonga are next in action vs South Africa on Sunday October 1, for their third Rugby World Cup Pool B game, at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille (8pm kick off BST).

More to follow…

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