Weakened Wales too good for Tonga

Wales had to work hard for a 24-6 win against Tonga in wet conditions at Eden Park on Friday.

The Welsh, who were without 15 first-choice players on British & Irish Lions duty, scored two tries, the last of which was a penalty try in the 79th minute.

Wales led 8-0 after 19 minutes, thanks to a Sam Davies penalty and a try to Alex Cuthbert. Gareth Anscombe did well to draw the tackler and then unleash Cuthbert down the touchline. The winger grubbered the ball ahead and fell on it over the line.

Sonatane Takulua slotted two penalties for Tonga, but another three from Davies gave Wales a 14-6 lead with 12 minutes remaining.

The Dragons then capped off the win with a last-minute penalty try, which came after Tonga collapsed a driving maul.

Tonga – Penalties: Sonatane Takulua (2).
Wales – Try: Alex Cuthbert, penalty try. Conversion: Automatic conversion. Penalties: Sam Davies (4).

Tonga – 15 David Halaifonua, 14 Nafi Tu'itavake, 13 Siale Piutau (c), 12 Vili Tahitu'a, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Latiume Fosita, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 8 Valentino Mapapalangi, 7 Nili Latu, 6 Dan Faleafa, 5 Sitiveni Mafi, 4 Leva Fifita, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Paula Ngauamo, 1 Latu Talakai.
Subs: 16 Suliasi Taufalele, 17 Sila Puafisi, 18 Phil Kite, 19 Sione Tau, 20 Mike Faleafa, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Kali Hala, 23 Kiti Taimani.

Wales – 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Jamie Roberts (c), 11 Steffan Evans, 10 Sam Davies, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Josh Navidi, 7 Thomas Young, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Cory Hill, 4 Seb Davies, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Nicky Smith.
Subs: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Ellis Jenkins, 20 Ollie Griffiths, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Owen Williams, 23 Cory Allen.

Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

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Simon Borchardt