Tonga boosted their slim hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup 2015 with a bonus-point win over a valiant Namibia at Sandy Park this evening.
Jack Ram and Telusa Veainu each crossed twice for the Pacific Islanders, including the below second-half effort from the latter, to secure their side a 35-21 victory in Pool C.
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Tonga stormed into a 12-0 lead inside the opening quarter of an hour and, although Johan Tromp pulled a try back for Namibia, their advantage was a healthy 22-7 at the break.
Two tries from Namibia captain Jacques Burger saw them win the second half 14-13, but Tonga maintained their cushion courtesy of Ram and Veainu touching down for a second time each.
Although they scored three tries in a World Cup game for the first time ever – all converted by the boot of Theuns Kotze – Namibia are still seeking their maiden win in the history of the tournament, and are the only side realistically out of contention to progress to the knockout rounds.
With their bonus point, Tonga, who surprisingly lost 17-10 to Georgia in their opening match, go above Argentina into second place in the race to join defending champions New Zealand in the last eight.
Their match with the Pumas this Sunday could go a long way to deciding how Pool C ends up.
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