5th October 2015

Skills, strength, jubilation and heartbreak

Tonga v Namibia

In front of a capacity crowd at Exeter’s Sandy Park, it was clear that neither side wanted a narrow, forward-orientated game, and the outcome was a thrilling clash, which Tonga eventually claimed, running out 35-21 winners. A first ever World Cup win still eludes Namibia, but they scored three tries in a match at the tournament for the first time and will take plenty of positives from the game. Full set of images from the match


Hale T Pole - Tonga v Namibia

Hale T Pole of Tonga fends Chrysander Botha of Namibia


Soane Tonga'uiha - Tonga v Namibia

Soane Tonga’uiha of Tonga in action at a scrum


Telusa Veainu - Tonga v Namibia

Telusa Veainu of Tonga dives for the try-line


Opeti Fonua - Tonga v Namibia

Twenty two stone Opeti Fonua of Tonga takes on the Namibia defence


Wales v Fiji

Wales put in a solid shift at their home patch in Cardiff, just about securing a win against a Fiji side that improved in extraordinary fashion as the game went on. Three matches and three victories saw Wales climb to the top of Pool A and keep the pressure on their opponents. Wales captain Sam Warburton said the 23-13 World Cup win was one of the hardest games of his career. Full set of images from the match


Campese Ma’afu - Wales v Fiji

Campese Ma’afu of Fiji gets emotional during the national anthems


Leone Nakarawa - Wales v Fiji

Leone Nakarawa of Fiji wins the ball at a lineout


Metuisela Talebula - Wales v Fiji

Metuisela Talebula of Fiji is tackled by Alun Wyn Jones of Wales


Aseli Tikoirotuma - Wales v Fiji

Aseli Tikoirotuma of Fiji gives thumbs up to the crowd after the match


New Zealand v Georgia

New Zealand’s 43-10 win over Georgia may have earned them qualification for the quarter-finals but it was the underdogs who left the field with all the plaudits. As expected, the defending champions had too much for their opposition in the first meeting between the sides, scoring seven tries, but errors cost them far more. A scrum in reverse and a litany of errors from the All Blacks showed they had plenty of improving to do before the knockout stages. Full set of images from the match


Sam Whitelock - New Zealand v Georgia

Sam Whitelock of New Zealand rises high to win lineout ball


Brodie Retallick and Giorgi Chkhaidze - New Zealand v Georgia

Brodie Retallick of New Zealand wrestles with Giorgi Chkhaidze of Georgia at a maul


Malakai Fekitoa - New Zealand v Georgia

Malakai Fekitoa of New Zealand takes on the Georgia defence


Giorgi Begadze and Levan Datunashvili - New Zealand v Georgia

Levan Datunashvili of Georgia congratulates team-mate Giorgi Begadze on a strong game


England v Australia

Eighty thousand screaming fans were soon stunned into silence as Australia put hosts England to the sword in what was deemed a must win clash for Stuart Lancaster’s men. Dominating every aspect of the game and led by star performers Bernard Foley, Michael Hooper and David Pocock, the Wallabies provided England the embarrassing honour of being the first host nation to be knocked out at the pool stages. Pool A was always was going to have a high profile casualty, and Lancaster will rue the lapse in concentration the week before. Full set of images from the match


Huddle - England v Australia

The England team huddle together prior to kick off


George Ford - England v Australia

George Ford of England kicks for touch


Nick Easter - England v Australia

Nick Easter of England is tackled by David Pocock of Australia


David Pocock - England v Australia

David Pocock of Australia celebrates the win with supporters in the crowd


Argentina v Tonga

Argentina stood firm against a powerful Tonga in Pool C to take a giant stride towards the World Cup quarter-finals. A startling opening by Tonga, characterised by brutal tackling and powerful running, looked like it could overpower the Argentines, but there was no sign of Puma panic, even after Tonga got on the score sheet early on in the first half. Although the Pacific island team dominated possession in the first half, it was their failure to kick their goals that saw them get left behind by an eventually impressive Argentine performance. Full set of images from the match


Anthem - Argentina v Tonga

Argentina players sing their national anthem prior to the match


Pablo Matera - Argentina v Tonga

Pablo Matera of Argentina takes on the Tonga defence


Steve Mafi - Argentina v Tonga

Steve Mafi of Tonga wins the ball at a lineout


Horacio Agulla - Argentina v Tonga

Horacio Agulla of Argentina celebrates victory


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