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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 September 2007, 20:55 GMT 21:55 UK
Rugby World Cup photos

Tonga perform the Sipi Tau ahead of their match against South Africa

Tonga lay down the challenge to South Africa with the Sipi Tau in Lens in the first game of a Pool A double header

South African fly-half Andre Pretorius is stopped  by the Tonga defence

And they meet South Africa head on, harrying their esteemed opponents off their game and into a string of errors

South Africa's Ruan Pienaar dives over for a try in front of touch judge Paul Mark

In what turned into a wonderful game, Ruan Pienaar scores the first try to ease South Africa's nervous start

Tonga celebrate Kisi Pulu's second-half try

But Tonga are jumping for joy when prop Kisi Pulu goes over to give the underdogs a 10-7 lead early in the second half

Juan Smith slides over for South Africa

The setback forces South Africa to turn to an experienced bench and sub Juan Smith helps edge them ahead again

Bobby Skinstad goes over for South Africa

A flurry of points give South Africa a healthy lead and Bobby Skinstad caps a wonderful sweeping break with a try

Sukanaivalu Huganga scores in the corner for Tonga

But Tonga mount a remarkable recovery as Sukanaivalu Hufanga squeezes in at the corner for the first of two tries

Tonga go on a lap of honour

In a grandstand finish Tonga cannot overhaul the Springboks, but they take the plaudits after a 30-25 defeat

Samoa performs their traditional war dance the Siva Tau before kick-off against England

Samoa are up for the second of the two matches in Pool A when they take on struggling England in Nantes

Skipper Martin Corry touches down for England's first try, assisted by Mathew Tait

But the Samoans are down on the scoreboard within a matter of minutes as England captain Martin Corry goes over

Jonny Wilkinson fires over a penalty to keep England's noses in front against Samoa

The returning Jonny Wilkinson keeps the score ticking over with a string of penalties that take him past 1,000 Test points

Jonny Wilkinson's defence-splitting grubber kick sets up the second try for England against Samoa

In open play Wilkinson splits the defence with a grubber...

Paul Sackey scores his first try against Samoa

...which Paul Sackey dabs down for a 23-6 England lead

Loki Crichton slots another three points for Samoa

But Loki Crichton chips away at England's lead with penalty after penalty before a try pulls Samoa to within four points

Paul Sackey scores his second try of the game

As Samoa tire England pull away and Sackey's late try makes it 18 points in the last 10 minutes to add a gloss to the score

England fans lap up the atmosphere in Nantes

The 44-22 win makes it a good day for England fans, but they will want more of the same in the next match against Tonga

Argentina fans mass in the Stade Velodrome in Marseille

Argentine fans also enjoy their rugby day at a raucous Stade Velodrome as the Pumas ran riot against Namibia in Pool D

Ignacio Corleto glides past Namibian number 10 Morne Schreuder

Full-back Ignacio Corleto scores two of his team's nine tries in a 63-3 victory against a brave but bedraggled Namibian outfit

Rugby union positions guide
05 Feb 07 |  Laws & Equipment
South Africa 30-25 Tonga
22 Sep 07 |  Rugby Union
England 44-22 Samoa
22 Sep 07 |  Rugby Union
Argentina 63-3 Namibia
22 Sep 07 |  Rugby Union


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