Nuku’alofa, 12 May 2015: The World Rugby U20 Trophy 2015 kicked off today in Lisbon, with the favorites picking impressive wins on four exciting matches played at the Estadio Universitario de Lisbon and CAR Rugby do Jamor. Fiji and Tonga got their campaigns off to flying starts as both Pacific nations won their matches against Portugal and Hong Kong, respectively.
Tonga, who defeated Hong Kong 35-16 at the University had, according to head coach Liueli Lafoe “a hard game, mainly because it was our first on the tournament”.
Although the Asian 15 scored first, through the quality place-kicking of full-back and captain Hugo Stiles, who would go on to score all of Hong Kong’s points, the Tongan side proved to be too strong. Hong Kong performed very solidly however, and maintained their resolve throughout the full 80 minutes.
Number 14, Taliauli Sikuea, opened the scoring for Tonga, leading to a competent offensive attack that saw Tonga lead comfortably at half-time (21-9), a lead that would only grow during the second half with tries from fly-half Siaosi Taina and full-back Leliuaki Halafonua.
“Both teams played a good game, it was a good match,” said Bill Fukofuka, Tonga’s captain, while admitting that, as his coach put it “winning was the main thing today”.
Stiles said he was “proud of the boys”, for they had “worked well and now have to recover for the next game”.
Tonga now gears up for their next game against Namibia at 7am Sunday morning Tonga time.
Photo Credits: Aguinaldo Vera-Cruz / Luís Cabelo / World Rugby