No arrests at Tonga-Lebanon match

Ruben Hill
November 19, 2017

Coming off an incredible upset victory against New Zealand that sealed top spot in Group B, Tonga proved too good against a courageous Lebanon in the quarter-final clash.

The fan day at SKYCITY in Auckland's CBD will involve players from both semi-finalist teams, with Tonga's opponents to be determined tomorrow (Sunday) in the decider between England and Papua New Guinea in Melbourne. "We'll hold our heads high but we're knocked out of the tournament now".

Fiji's Eloni Vunakece (L), Marcelo Montoya (C) and captain Kevin Naiqama celebrate their win in the Rugby League World Cup quarter-final match between New Zealand and Fiji at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on November 18, 2017.

Tonga weren't at their best against Lebanon and they will need to take it up a notch in the semifinals, regardless of who they meet.

"But now we can go on to that game with an element of confidence and we can go to play our own game which I think is going to be exciting for the boys".

Lebanon trailed 22-16 at halftime after Tonga ran in four early tries, two to powerful winger David Fusitu'a and one each from Tuimoala Lolohea and William Hopoate.

Tongan star Jason Taumalolo offloads in the tackle against Lebanon
SPORT Tongan star Jason Taumalolo offloads in the tackle against Lebanon

Woolf said it was always going to be a tough game for his side to lift for given the emotional occasions of meeting New Zealand and Samoa in recent weeks, considering the close ties between those teams.

"It's pretty heartbreaking at the moment", said Mitchell Moses, one of a handful of professionals in the Lebanon team.

"It's hard but we just deal with it".

As for the disallowed try, coach Brad Fittler said he was happy with the decision but Farah was not.

They've since gone on to qualify for a maiden World Cup semi-final, but only after suffering a serious scare against the adventurous Cedars.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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