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Friday, October 15, 1999 Published at 14:34 GMT 15:34 UK

England humiliate 14-man Tonga

Dan Luger scores the first of his two tries for England

England 101-10 Tonga

England have secured their place in the next round of the World Cup with a 13-try annihilation of Tonga, as the Pacific islanders paid for violent conduct with a first half sending off.

The BBC's Ian Robertson: "It was a thoroughly entertaining romp"
In the second match of the tournament to reach 101 points, stand-in fly-half Paul Grayson kicked his way past Jonny Wilkinson's individual England record with 36 points.

The Pool B match was tipped to be a close-fought affair, but in the end it was the fighting that eliminated any suggestion that the encounter would be close.

Persistent infringement

What began as a tense and physical encounter swiftly degenerated into an all-white rout as Tongan ill-discipline earned them one red card and two yellow in the space of three minutes, reducing them to 14 men just before the interval.

[ image: Matt Dawson opened the floodgates]
Matt Dawson opened the floodgates
The Pacific islanders went into the match hoping to replicate Samoa's shock 38-31 win over Wales on Thursday and set out their stall with some dangerous early runs and trademark crunching tackles.

But it was England who benefitted most from a penalty-strewn opening period as Paul Grayson kicked them to a 6-0 advantage.

The first try came on 12 minutes after some fortuitous kicking by England's Austin Healey ended in a ruck on the Tongan line, from which Matt Dawson strolled over unopposed to score between the posts.

But in a worrying replay of Wales against Samoa, the Pacific islanders hit back straight from the kick-off, recycling the ball deep in the England half and spinning it wide right for winger Tevita Tiueti to stroll past Dan Luger for the score.

Grayson stretched England's lead to 17-7 as persistent infringement by the Tongan forwards earned captain 'Elisi Vunipolaa a talking to from the referee.

Fullback Sateki Tu'ipulotu kicked the last Tongan points of the match on 24 minutes, before England struck back with a second try and the tide of the match turned.

With 10 minutes of the half to go, centre Will Greenwood slipped the ball out of a tackle on the Tongan 22 to Healey, who carved through the dense red defence to within feet of the try-line.

Dawson delivered to Greening on a superb angled run and the versatile hooker crashed over for his first touchdown.

Forearm smash

The home side's forwards heavily outgunned the Tongans, consistently depriving them of ball, and their evident frustration spilled over into violence with just minutes of the half to go.

England's Matt Perry went up for a high ball and was taken out in mid-air by 'Isi Tapueluelu, causing him to land heavily on his neck and shoulder.

Phil Vickery retaliated with a tackle, but the most extreme reaction came from Tongan prop Ngalu Taufo'ou, who floored Richard Hill with a forearm smash to the side of the head.

[ image: Austin Healey: Caused the Tongans defence a headache]
Austin Healey: Caused the Tongans defence a headache
It earned the Tongan a red card, while Tapueluelu and Vickery were both yellow-carded for their trouble. Tonga's David Edwards earned another yellow card minutes later for a punch.

With only 14-men, the Tongans effectively surrendered all hope of winning and retaining possession and they were severely stretched in defence.

England used the seven minutes of stoppage time at the end of the half to rub in the advantage.

Luger went over in the left corner after a scrummage deep inside the Tongan 22, quickly followed by a touchdown for Perry, who darted through the red line for an interval lead of 38-10.

The second half was a contest for approximately five minutes as the disconsolate islanders' previously tenacious defence caved in.

[ image: Martin Johnson: Substituted in the second-half]
Martin Johnson: Substituted in the second-half
In the space of seven minutes, centre Will Greenwood crossed the Tongan line twice, followed by Healey and flanker Richard Hill.

With the match won, Clive Woodward took the opportunity to substitute off many of his senior players - including Dallaglio, Greenwood, Dawson and captain Martin Johnson.

Interestingly, he also moved Greening to flanker as Richard Cockerill came in at hooker.

Tonga briefly rallied midway through the half and persistently pounded at the England try-line, only to give away a penalty after seven minutes of pressure. Jeremy Guscott collected the quick tap, stepped inside his centre and ran 70 yards for the try.

More tries followed for Healey, Greening, Luger and Guscott before referee Wayne Erikson finally put the men in red out of their misery and blew the whistle for the end of the match.



15 Matt Perry; 14 Austin Healey, 13 Will Greenwood, 12 Jeremy Guscott, 11 Dan Luger; 10 Paul Grayson, 9 Matt Dawson; 8 Lawrence Dallaglio, 7 Richard Hill, 6 Joe Worsley, 5 Garath Archer, 4 Martin Johnson (captain), 3 Phil Vickery, 2 Phil Greening, 1 Graham Rowntree.

Replacements: 16 Nick Beal, 17 Mike Catt, 18 Jonny Wilkinson, 19 Neil Back, 20 Danny Grewcock, 21 Jason Leonard, 22 Richard Cockerill.


15 Sateki Tu'ipulotu; 14 Tevita Tiueti, 13 Fepikou Tatafu, 12 Salesi Finau, 11 Semi Taupeaafe; 10 'Elisi Vunipola (captain), 9 Sililo Martens; 8 Katilimoni Tu'ipulotu, 7 Sonatone Koloi, 6 David Edwards, 5 Benhur Kivalu, 4 'Isileli Fatani, 3 Tevita Taumoepeau, 2 Fe'ao Vunipola, 1 Ngalu Taufo'ou.

Replacements: 16 Sione Mone Tu'ipulotu, 17 'Isi Tapueluelu, 18 -Falamani Mafi 19 'Epeli Taione, 20 Va'a Toloke, 21 T'au Fainga'anuku, 22 Latiume Maka.

Referee: Wayne Erikson (Australia).

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