Tonga beat USA, Canada make Final

09th Jun 2011, 07:55

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In good form: Viliami Iongi

In good form: Viliami Iongi

Viliami Iongi scored four tries as Tonga tore the USA apart 44-13 while Canada reached back-to-back finals, beating Russia 34-18.

Viliami Iongi scored four tries as Tonga tore the USA apart in a 44-13 scoreline in their Churchill Cup clash at Esher on Wednesday.

The Brumbies Academy winger showed plenty of class, going over for two tries in each half as Tonga turned a 13-10 half-time lead into a canter.

USA and Canada last met in the 2007 World Cup in France when Tonga won 25-15 - but this ranking Test match was far from a close game.

Pasuka Mapakaitolo also crossed while former Dragon Paul Emerick scored their opponents' only try.

Tonga: 15 M Malupo, 14 V Helu, 13 S Hufanga, 12 E Siua, 11 V Iongi, 10 K Mortath, 9 S Havea, 8 V Ma'Afu, 7 P Koloamatangi, 6 P Mapakaitolo, 5 E Kauhenga, 4 S Timani, 3 K Pulu, 2 I Ma'Asi, 1 T Lea'Aetoa.
Replacements: 16 A Halangahu, 17 O Fainga'Anuku, 18 J Afu, 19 P Kaho, 20 D Mrath, 21 E Paea, 22 S Taumoepeau.

USA: 15 R Suniula, 14 C Hawley, 13 P Emerick, 12 A Suniula, 11 K Swiryn, 10 N Malifa, 9 T Usasz, 8 N Johnson, 7 T Clever (capt), 6 I Basauri, 5 S Lavalla, 4 L Stanfill, 3 S Pittman, 2 C Biller, 1 M Moeakiola.
Replacements: 16 P Thiel, 17 E Fry, 18 J Van Der Giessen, 19 P Danahy, 20 M Petri, 21 T Enosa, 22 T Hall.

Referee: Romain Poite (France)




Canada reached a second straight Churchill Cup final with a 34-18 win over Russia.

Having beaten Italy A 26-12 in their opening game, the Cannucks sank their opponents with nineteen unanswered second-half points after trailing by three at the break.

Justin Mensah-Coker, Connor Trainor, Ander Munro, Chauncey O'Toole and Matt Evans all crossed to ensure Canada will await England Saxons or Tonga in the final on June 19.

Igor Klyuchnikov and Vasily Artemyev both got over for Russia.

Canada: 15 James Pritchard, 14 Matt Evans, 13 Conor Trainor, 12 Mike Scholz, 11 Justin Mensah-Coker, 10 Ander Munro (capt), 9 Sean White, 8 Aaron Carpenter, 7 Chauncey O'Toole, 6 Jebb Sinclair, 5 Jamie Cudmore, 4 Tyler Hotson, 3 Scott Franklin, 2 Ryan Hamilton, 1 Tom Dolezel.
Replacements: 16 Pat Riordan, 17 Andrew Tiedemann, 18 Hubert Buydens, 19 Mitch Gudgeon, 20 Nanyak Dala, 21 Ed Fairhurst, 22 Phil Mackenzie

Russia: 15 I Klyuchnikov; 14 V Artemyev, 13 I Makovetskiy, 12 A Makovetskiy, 11 V Ostroushko, 10 Y Kushnarev, 9 S Shakirov, 8 V Grachev. 7 A Garbuzov, 6 A Temnov, 5 A Voytov, 4 V Boltenkov, 3 I Prishchepenko, 2 V Korshunov (capt), 1 S Popov.
Replacements: 16 V Tsnobiladze, 17 A Travkinm, 18 A Panasenko, 19 V Gresev, 20 A Bykanov, 21 S Trishin, 22 A Ryabov.

Referee: Nigel Owens