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‘Positive Progress, Tonga Next’

Australia A is not carried away with their 32-18 win over the Vodafone Flying Fijians at Churchill Park, Lautoka, last Saturday.
12 Jul 2022 12:23
‘Positive Progress, Tonga Next’
Tonga’s second fight eight Fetuli Paea dives over to score a try against Manu Samoa during their World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka on July 9, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

Australia A is not carried away with their 32-18 win over the Vodafone Flying Fijians at Churchill Park, Lautoka, last Saturday.

Australia A captain, Ryan Lonergan said they are using the win to build-up for their final Pacific Nations Cup clash against Tonga, on Saturday.

“The progress we’ve made in a week is very positive, so we’ll look to build. Tonga are a quality side,” Lonergan said.

Tonga is without former Wallabies star back Israel Folau who pulled a hamstring in their opening match against Fiji.

However, it is expected that Tongan coach Toutai Kefu could field former All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa and Charles Piutau.

The Tongans are yet to record a win in the competition.

They are also preparing for their Rugby World Cup qualifier against the Asian Champion on July 23.

Australia A stands a good chance of winning the PNC.

They need a bonus point win against Tonga and hopes that the Flying Fijians upset the unbeaten Manu Samoa.

Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj



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