USA
No.Name
15Will Hooley, FB
14Blaine Scully, W
13Bryce Campbell, C
12Paul Lasike, C
11Marcel Brache, W
10AJ MacGinty, FH
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9Ruben de Haas, SH
1Eric Fry, P
2Joe Taufete'e, H
3Titi Lamositele, P
4Greg Peterson, L
5Nick Civetta, L
6Tony Lamborn, FL
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7Malon Al-Jiboori, FL
8Cam Dolan, N8
Replacements
16James Hilterbrand, R
17Olive Kilifi, R
18Paul Mullen, R
19Ben Landry, R
20Hanco Germishuys, R
21Ben Pinkelman, R
22Nate Augspurger, R
23Mike Te'o, R
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*Players currently on the pitch are shown in bold

Game Info

Venue: Hanazono Rugby Stadium
1:45 AM, October 13, 2019

Match Commentary

81'That's it for our live coverage, thanks for joining.
81'Try Tonga! That's the game and Tonga's first win of the 2019 Rugby World Cup! Instead of kicking for touch after the scrum and siren, a grubber kick finds Telusa Veainu and it's another five pointer. A quick check from the TMO before Siale Piutau converts in his last ever Test match to seal a 31-19 win over the USA.
81'+119-31 End of second half
81'+119-31 Conversion - Siale Piutau , Tonga
81'19-29 Try - Telusa Veainu , Tonga
80'Penalty Tonga. USA get done for standing up in the scrum, and Tonga choose to pack a scrum.
79'But a jolting Tonga tackle deep in the USA half after the restart hands possession to the men in red. That could be it.
78'Try USA! Tony Lamborn crashes the ball into the base of the post for the five pointer and AJ MacGinty converts to take the score to 24-19 to Tonga. Grandstand finish incoming!
78'19-24 Conversion - AJ MacGinty , United States of America
77'17-24 Try - Tony Lamborn , United States of America
76'A golden opportunity here for the USA. They've got a lineout five metres from Tonga's line...
76'Player substituted - James Faiva , Tonga
76'Substitute on - Latiume Fosita , Tonga
76'Substitute on - Daniel Faleafa , Tonga
76'Player substituted - Leva Fifita , Tonga
76'Substitute on - Siua Maile , Tonga
76'Player substituted - Paula Ngauamo , Tonga
75'A bit scrappy in the middle of the pitch as the two teams trade possession but neither can assert anything of note. USA lineout on the halfway line.
73'Substitute on - James Hilterbrand , United States of America
73'Player substituted - Joe Taufete'e , United States of America
72'But the US get pinged for not releasing just metres out from the Tongan line. Tonga ball.
71'USA earn it back. Pushing towards the Tongan line...
69'Correction! USA scrum feed after a Tongan hand managed to get involved.
69'But the US knock it on immediately. Tonga with the feed on their 22.
68'A shank off the boot that lands just past the Tonga 22. USA lineout.
67'After some solid buildup the USA turn it over near Tonga's line, and it's a scrum for the men in red.
66'Player substituted - Siegfried Fisi'ihoi , Tonga
66'Substitute on - Vunipola Fifita , Tonga
66'Substitute on - Ben Pinkelman , United States of America
66'Player substituted - Malon Al-Jiboori , United States of America
66'Player substituted - Ruben de Haas , United States of America
66'Substitute on - Nate Augspurger , United States of America
64'Try, Tonga! It's the captain Siale Piutau in his final match. Tonga never relinquished possession after the restart before Piutau burst through a tired USA defence on the seventh phase down the left side. James Faiva converts this one and it's 24-12 to Tonga.
63'12-24 Conversion - James Faiva , Tonga
62'12-22 Try - Siale Piutau , Tonga
60'INCREDIBLE. USA turn the ball over after 19 phases, and with nobody at home for the US the Tongans kicked over the top, regained possession and crossed for a five pointer. Malietoa Hingano with a huge dive over the line to seal it. Brilliant, disciplined defending before a swift counter, and a little luck with the bouncing ball. Sonatane Takulua converts and it's 17-12 in favour of Tonga.
60'Substitute on - Nasi Manu , Tonga
60'Player substituted - Zane Kapeli , Tonga
60'Substitute on - Leon Fukofuka , Tonga
60'Player substituted - Sonatane Takulua , Tonga
60'12-17 Conversion - Sonatane Takulua , Tonga
58'12-15 Try - Malietoa Seuli Hingano , Tonga
56'USA building with phases through the midfield.
55'A Tonga lineout just inside their own 22 after possession traded hands following the restart. Tonga kick out of pressure and it's a USA lineout on the halfway line.
52'Penalty to Tonga after the USA were pinged for being off their feet. Sonatane Takulua converts to reduce the deficit. 12-10 in favour of the USA.
52'Player substituted - Cam Dolan , United States of America
52'Substitute on - Hanco Germishuys , United States of America
51'12-10 Penalty goal - Sonatane Takulua , Tonga
49'Lost again! Some stoic USA defence and Tonga lose it once more. USA kick it away to relieve pressure and it's a Tonga lineout just outside the USA's 22.
49'Substitute on - David Tevita Halaifonua Tonga , Tonga
49'Player substituted - Viliami Lolohea , Tonga
47'Tonga with the feed on a scrum just inside the USA's 22...
46'Tonga can't seem to buy a try! A sweeping move to the left after a midfield scrum, but the final pass is wayward and goes into touch. The USA have a lineout just 10 metres out from their own line.
46'Player substituted - Greg Peterson , United States of America
46'Substitute on - Ben Landry , United States of America
46'Player substituted - Titi Lamositele , United States of America
46'Substitute on - Paul Mullen , United States of America
45'Player substituted - Siua Halanukonuka , Tonga
45'Substitute on - Ma'afu Fia , Tonga
44'A kicking duel! Nine kicks in a row between the two teams before a brilliant Ruben De Haas effort drives Tonga back to their own five metre line.
42'Elsewhere, Canada's rugby team have been helping with the cleanup efforts in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis.
41'The USA start play for the second half and the final 40 minutes for the Eagles and Tonga at this World Cup.
41'+112-7 End of first half
40'And that's another Tongan knock-on, and the USA head into the half up 12-7! Plenty of opportunities missed for Tonga after being sloppy in possession throughout the first 40.
40'Penalty to Tonga as the USA stand up in the scrum. They're pushing for a five pointer just before the half.
40'And now it's a USA knock-on. Tonga scrum feed just inside their own half.
40'And Tonga turn it over. Possession back with the USA in their own half. Teams trading territory here.
40'12-7 Start of second half
39'USA kick out of pressure and try for a cheeky short lineout as both teams looked to regroup, but it's called back. USA win the lineout and push into Tonga's half before turning it over.
37'And Tonga lose it over the line! Siegfried Fisiihoi charges towards the line and only needed to fall to secure the five-pointer, but a well timed Ruben De Haas tackle knocks it free. USA ball on their five metre line.
35'A bit back and forth between the two teams after Tonga again turned the ball over after being in good possession in the US half. Both teams trade territorial kicks and Tonga are now pushing the USA's 22.
31'And it's another knock-on from Tonga. That's their sixth handling error of the match so far.
29'A knock-on straight off the restart gives Tonga the ball just 10 metres from the USA's line.
28'Try USA! Mike Te'o with his second try in no time! The USA worked possession into the Tonga half from the restart, before earning a penalty and electing to kick to touch. A phase or two later and a lovely pass out wide finds Te'o, who sends the Eagles in front. AJ MacGinty can't convert so it stays 12-7 in favour of the USA.
26'12-7 Try - Mike Te'o , United States of America
23'Try USA! Brilliant work to spread the ball out to the right after some easy metres up the middle, and from there it was draw and pass before Mike Te'o claims the try. He's just on the pitch and it's his first touch. AJ MacGinty converts and it's 7-7.
22'7-7 Conversion - AJ MacGinty , United States of America
21'But the USA nab the lineout and take possession into Tonga's half.
21'And from the restart the US are penalised for a high shot. Tonga now back in the USA's half with a lineout.
21'5-7 Try - Mike Te'o , United States of America
20'Substitute on - Mike Te'o , United States of America
20'Player substituted - Blaine Scully , United States of America
19'Player substituted - Eric Fry , United States of America
19'Substitute on - Olive Kilifi , United States of America
19'0-7 Conversion - Sonatane Takulua , Tonga
18'Try Tonga! Siegfried Fisiihoi crashes over after both teams trade territory in the middle of the park before a Tuimoala Lolohea breaks the US defence wide open. A couple of phases later and Fisiihoi is over. Sonatane Takulua converts and it's 7-0 to Tonga.
17'0-5 Try - Siegfried Fisi'ihoi , Tonga
14'Chance missed for Tonga! They break down the left flank on the back of a lineout and some quick passing, but the final pass goes begging and the ball is back in USA hands for a lineout inside their own 22.
11'But there's a loose pass and it's back in Tongan hands as they launch a brilliant counter-attack down the left. Play swings back into midfield but it's another Tonga turnover. This time they're penalised for not releasing.
10'Tonga are dominating possession in the early stages (76 percent), but a few mistakes have caused them some issues. The USA are pushing towards Tonga's 22...
8'Tonga in possession after a USA forward pass and subsequent Tonga scrum win, but they turn it over just five metres from the USA line after a knock-on. The massive Tonga pack does its best to force the USA towards their own in-goal area, but a relieving kick takes play outside the USA's 22.
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3'Penalty to the USA. Tonga get pinged for coming in from the side and the USA kick out of pressure.
2'Tonga kick off and the USA almost immediately turn the ball over. The Tongans are now 12 phases in and just on the USA's 22.
1'Nigel Owens blows the whistle and we are away!
1'Tonga perform the Sipi Tau and we're now ready for kickoff.
1'The players, fans and officials observe a minute's silence as Typhoon Hagibis continues to impact Japan. National anthems up next.
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1'It's also the final international match for Tonga captain Siale Piutau and flanker Sione Kalamafoni, who have both announced their retirements. Both were in the team that beat France at the 2011 Rugby World Cup and they will both set a Tongan record by making their 12 Rugby World Cup appearance. This is the third World Cup for each player.
1'Tonga have also made three changes with wingers Viliami Lolohea and Atieli Pakalani in for Cooper Vuna and David Halaifonua, while Siosiua Halanukonuka makes his first start at prop with Ma'afu Fia making way.
1'The USA have made three changes for this match; Will Hooley starts at full-back in lieu of Mike Teo, Nick Civetta slots into the second row for Nate Brakeley and Malon Al-Jiboori is in for John Quill.
1'Both teams are winless at this Rugby World Cup and are on the verge of some unwanted records. If the USA lose they will match their worst run in Rugby World Cup games with 10 losses in a row. If Tonga lose they will set a new record with six Rugby World Cup losses in a row. Neither team can progress to the knockout stage but each will be keen to leave Japan with a win.
1'Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Pool C match between the USA and Tonga in Hanazono. The earlier Pool B match between Canada and Namibia in Kamaishi was cancelled due to safety concerns caused by Typhoon Hagibis, but there are no such concerns for this match. Follow the action with ESPN as each team looks to end their Rugby World Cup campaign on a high.
1'0-0 Start of first half

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