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World Cup pictures

Tonga's players do the haka in front of Ireland before kick-off

The Tongans unleash a rendition of their national haka at the start of the Group C encounter against Ireland in Parramatta

Michael Jennings dances around the Ireland defence

Tonga centre Michael Jennings illuminates the game early on with a magical run on his way to the tryline

Manase Manuokafoa (right) hugs Michael Jennings after the centre crossed for the opening try of the game

Jennings cuts past five Irish defenders to put Tonga ahead, and celebrates with Manase Manuokafoa

Ireland's Ryan Tandy is tackled by three Tonga players

Ireland prop Ryan Tandy feels the force of three powerful Tongan tacklers in a bruising first 40 minutes

Tevita Leo-Latu of Tonga is tackled by two Ireland players

But Ireland give as good as they get as Wakefield's Tevita Leo-Latu is brought down

Ireland celebrate Damien Blanch's second try against Tonga

And with winger Damien Blanch in sensational hat-trick form, Ireland tear up the World Cup form book with a four-try display

Tonga's Feleti Mateo puts through a high ball for his winger to chase

But Tonga are a consistent threat with the all-round football skills of Feleti Mateo pulling the strings at stand-off on his home ground

Tonga celebrate centre Etuate Uasisele's match-winning try

And centre Etuate Uasisele breaks Irish hearts with a wonderfully worked try - created by Jennings - in the final seven minutes

Ireland players look stunned after a bruising defeat by Tonga

The disbelief in the Irish camp is obvious as the hooter blows for full time



see also
Tonga 22-20 Ireland
27 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
Kelly takes pride in Irish effort
27 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
Rugby League World Cup squads
14 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
Rugby League World Cup 2008 fixtures
08 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
Rugby League World Cup Quiz
17 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
World Cup 2008 - players to watch
14 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
Rugby League World Cup history
21 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
Rugby League World Cup on the BBC
06 Oct 08 |  Rugby League


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