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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 October, 2003, 07:55 GMT
Clockwatch: Canada 24-7 Tonga

All the action from the Pool D match in Wollongong.


78mins: David Palu receives the game's first yellow card after a horribly late tackle on James Pritchard. Canada seal a well deserved win after Aaron Abrams is driven over well from the resulting penalty. Ross slots the final kick of the game.
Canada 24-7 Tonga

76mins: Tonga throw everything they have at Canada, but still the Canucks hold firm to repel the re shirts.

73mins: Ipolito Fenukitau gives away a penalty deep inside his 22 and Canada elect to take a shot at goal. Bob Ross slots his 12th point of the match.
Canada 17-7 Tonga

72mins: The referee's decision will allow Canada to cite Hola - should they wish - for a tackle that always looked high. The match restarts after an unpleasant break.

71mins: Charron leaves the field on a stretcher to bring a sad - and brutal - end to an impressive international career. Unbelievably, referee Alain Roland fails to award a penalty in Canada's favour.

70mins: Al Charron collapses in a vicious 'armless' tackle by Hola. Charron looks unconscious as he hits the floor with blood pouring out of his mouth.

69mins: Lock Mike James leaves the field after earning 50 caps for Canada and is replaced by Colin Yukes.

66mins: Hufanga makes his third clear break since arriving on the field - but again the defence is good - and support poor.

65mins: Lock Mike James is hit hard in midfield by Benhur Kivalu after Tonga allow a high kick to bounce back into Canadian hands.

62mins: Substitute centre Sukanaivalu Hufanga makes a blistering break, but fails to look for the Tongan support.

60mins: Again the Canada defence holds firm as Tonga are forced into touch in the corner, thanks to a good tackle from scurm-half Morgan Williams.

58mins: Tonga earn a penalty on the Canada 22 and elect to kick to touch, despite the line-out looking something of a shambles.

53mins: Tonga hit back immediately by driving upfield, but despite being camped on the line, again fail to add to their tally.

48mins: Finally Canada move the ball through the hands with a brilliant training-ground move to allow Sean Fauth to dive over on the right. Ross slots the extras.
Canada 14-7 Tonga

47mins: Ross goes wide with another penalty as Sukanaivalu Hufanga replaces centre Johnny Ngauamo for Samoa.

42mins: The seagulls have finally grown bored with the encounter - much like than Candian wingers who have yet to touch the ball.

40mins: The match re-starts to the relief of the crowd, who were treated to a bizarre interlude involving numerous Village People records.


40mins: Alain Roland blows the half-time whistle as the IRB announce that ***England will face two misconduct complaints in Sydney on Thursday over fielding 16 men against Samoa.

36mins: Tongan 'hulk' Sione Fonua slices through the Canada defence like a brick through butter. But Martens goes the wrong way to bring an end to a promising move.

34mins: Martens is penalised for offside, allowing Bob Ross his third chance at goal from the 10-metre line. The Canadian number 10 earns his side a somewhat fortunate lead.
Canada 9-7 Tonga

32mins: World Cup chiefs are certainly being kept busy - and are likely to want to take a look at the earlier incident involving Fifita's boot.

31mins: ***The IRB are set to announce a decision on whether England are to be disciplined for fielding 16 men against Samoa within the next half-an-hour.

30mins: The seagull fares somewhat better than Nik Witkowski who gets a ferocious boot in the face after attempting to tackle burly Tongan wing Pila Fifita.

27mins: Winston Stanley is forced to kick - and unbelievably hits one of the many seagulls that are taking an interest in the game by flying low over the pitch.

25mins: Tongan hooker Ephram Taukafa makes 50 metres from the kick-off in a blistering run involving three dummies and two hand-offs. But the ball is spilt yards from the line despite a three man overlap.

23mins: Bob Ross - who in another life eanrs his living as a professional fishing guide - coverts his second chance of the night.
Canada 6-7 Tonga

22mins: Tonga are penalised for diving, Canda take the initial chance quickly, before being brought back for a straightforward kick.

19mins: Canada work the phases on the half-way line but the Tongan defence holds firm to earn a turnover.

16mins: Tonga earn their best field position of the half and drives from Benhur Kivalu and Sione Tu'Amoheloa allow captain Inoke Afeaki to touch over. Hola adds the extras.
Canada 3-7 Tonga

11mins: There is little rhythm to the match as referee Alain Rolland blows for yet another penalty.

9mins: Al Charron decides to folllow Tonga's example but again possession changes hands in a poor period of play.

8mins: Hola is forced to give away a penalty yards from his own line, after mysteriously opting to run instead of kick.

6mins: Marco Di Girolamo is then penalised to hand Tonga an identical chance for three points. But Pierre Hola's poor 'stab' at the ball flies wide.

3mins: Inoke Afeaki is penalised in front of his posts for lying on the ball. Bob Ross slots his 410th point for Canada.
Canada 3-0 Tonga

0836: Canada kick-off and scrum-half Sililo Martens clears for Tonga.

0822: As is the norm with this World Cup, the match is a 20,000 sell-out with Canadian and Tongan fans swarming into the stadium.


Canada: Q Fyffe; S Fauth, N Witkowski, M di Girolamo, W Stanley; B Ross, M Williams; R Snow, M Lawson, G Cooke, A Charron (capt), M James, J Cudmore, A van Staveren, J Jackson.

Replacements: A Abrams, K Tkachuk, C Yukes, J Reid, E Fairhurst, R Smith, J Pritchard.

Tonga: G Leger; P Fifita, J Ngauamo, J Payne, S Fonua; P Hola, S Martens; T Lea'aetoa, E Taukafa, H Lavaka, M Ngauamo, I Afaeki (capt), N Naufahu, J Tu'amoheloa, B Kivalu.

Replacements: V Ma'asi, K Tonga, U Latu, I Fenukitau, D Palu, S Hufanga, V Vaki.





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