New Zealand vs Tonga Rugby World Cup Prediction Who Will Win 9th October

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New Zealand vs Tonga Rugby World Cup Prediction Who Will Win 9th October

New Zealand vs Tonga Rugby World Cup Prediction Who Will Win 9th October

Rugby World cup is already underway with so many matches played so far. The group matches are soon going to end. Pool C matches started on 19th September and will end on 11th October. This pool is consisting of New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, Georgia and Namibia. NZ, Argentina and Tonga were able to qualify automatically for the tournament by finishing in top three positions in the pool games in 2011. While Georgia is the European qualifier and Namibia is American qualifier. According to the format of Rugby World Cup 2015, top two teams qualify for the next round of knockout matches (quarter finals). In an exciting match of Pool C, Last time winners of Rugby World Cup 2011, New Zealand will be taking on Tonga on 9th October 2015. The match will be telecasted live from St. james Park with kick off time of 2000 hours.

New Zealand vs Tonga Match preview

If you look at the current standings of the teams, you will be able to see that New Zealand team is ahead of other teams in the group. Till now they have played three games and won all three of them. In the opening match against Argentina, New Zealand was able to overpower strong team like Argentina with 26-16 score      line. Next match was way more comfortable for World cup winners, as they were able to defeat a much weaker side like Namibia with 58-14 score line. Showing their domination and continuing a good performance, the New Zealand side completely outplayed their opponent Georgia with 43-10 score line. This shows a lot about New Zealand team and their strength. The side has outplayed its opponents in all three occasions, which shows the signs of domination and looks like they are well on track to win Championship this year. Speaking about Tonga, it has not been a good start to their campaign, as the team lost the opening match against Georgia with 10-17 score line. It was a disappointing start to the campaign for Tonga as they did not expect to lose the opener. Then they were able to make a comeback by winning against Namibia with 35-21 score line. It was a good comeback for the side but then they faulted by losing the next match to Argentina. Due to two losses and just one win, Tonga is placed at fourth spot in Pool Standings.

New Zealand vs Tonga Prediction Who Will Win

It would be easy to predict the match as odds are strongly in favor of World Champions New Zealand team. It would be hard for Tonga to make a comeback in this match. They need to win this match in order to ensure that they qualify for next time world cup. This makes the match very important for Tonga. If they win this match, then they will be able to make a huge comeback but still it would be almost impossible for the side to beat the squad like that of New Zealand. However it is still be seen if New Zealand will be bringing their best team on the ground or not.

  New Zealand to win 68-15

Team Line Up

New Zealand team: Ben Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Waisake Naholo; Daniel Carter, Aaron Smith; Tony Woodcock, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane, Kieran Read (capt) .

Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Brodie Retallick, Liam Messam, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams.

Tonga team: Vungakoto Lilo, Telusa Veainu, Siale Piutau, Latiume Fosita, Fetu’u Vainikolo; Kurt Morath, Sonatane Takulua; Soane Tonga’uiha, Elvis Taione, Halani Aulika, Tukulua Lokotui, Joseph Tuineau, Sione Kalamafoni, Nili Latu (capt), Viliami Ma’afu.

Replacements: Paula Ngauamo, Sona Taumalolo, Sila Puafisi, Sitiveni Mafi, Jack Ram, Samisoni Fisilau, Viliami Tahitua, Will Helu.

Previous results

1999: New Zealand won 45-9, Bristol (World Cup pool match)
2000: New Zealand won 102-0, Albany
2003: New Zealand won 91-7, Brisbane (World Cup pool match)
2011: New Zealand won 41-10, Auckland (World Cup pool match)

Pool C Update

Sat Sep 19th, Pool C, Tonga 10-17 Georgia, Gloucester Tries 1-2

Sun Sep 20th, Pool C, New Zealand 26-16 Argentina, Wembley, Tries 2-11

Thu Sep 24th, Pool C, New Zealand 58-14 Namibia, Olympic Stadium, Tries 9-1

Fri Sep 25th, Pool C, Argentina 54-9 Georgia, Gloucester, Tries 7-0

Tue Sep 29th, Pool C, Tonga 35-21 Namibia, Exeter, Tries 5-3

Fri Oct 2nd, Pool C, New Zealand 43-10 Georgia, Tries 7-1

Sun Oct 4th, Pool C, Argentina 45-16 Tonga, Leicester, Tries 5-2

Wed Oct 7th, Pool C, Namibia 16-17 Georgia, Exeter, Tries 1-2

New Zealand vs Tonga Head to Head

2011 RWC Auckland New Zealand 41-10 Tonga Tries 6-1

2003 RWC Brisbane New Zealand 91-7 Tonga Tries 13-1

2000 INT Albany New Zealand 102-0 Tonga Tries 15-0

1999 RWC Bristol New Zealand 45-9 Tonga Tries 5-0

Match Information

Date: Friday, 9 October 2015
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle
Kick-off: 20.00 (19.00 GMT)
Expected weather: Partly cloudy with a high of 17°C, dropping to 7°C. No rain.
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: JP Doyle (England), Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

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