USA vs Tonga Live : The USA are on the brink of a dubious record. They will equal their World Cup record of 10 straight defeats if they fail against Tonga on Sunday – and as they played only four days ago the odds are against them.
The last match in Pool C may only decide fourth and fifth spots, but the standings belie these teams’ performances.
Both gave France a fight. USA trailed 12-9 in Fukuoka with under 15 minutes to play, but fell away to a 33-9 defeat.
Tonga have won eight of the teams’ previous nine meetings, their only defeat coming 20 years ago in San Francisco in their very first clash.
2019 Rugby World Cup: USA v Tonga
Played – 9
USA wins – 1
Tonga wins – 8
Most recent meeting – USA 17-20 Tonga (19 November 2016)
At the tail-end of 2016 Tonga narrowly beat the Americans in Spain thanks to a crucial penalty from Sonotane Takalua.
Did You Know?
Wing Blaine Scully will play his 11th World Cup match, equalling the USA record that is shared by Chris Wyles and Mike MacDonald.
Sione Kalamafoni and Siale Piutau will play their 12th World Cup match, breaking the Tonga record of 11 which is shared by Soane Tonga’uiha and Vunga Lilo.
Both men will retire from international rugby after the match, Piutau’s final appearance for Tonga coming on his 34th birthday.
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USA coach Gary Gold
“Massive physicality (is what he expects from Tonga). They too have grown in confidence during this Rugby World Cup. If you consider it was only a few short weeks ago that they conceded 90-odd points against New Zealand.