Rugby World Cup LIVE: South Africa v Tonga latest score and updates as Springboks look to bounce back

Rugby World Cup LIVE: South Africa v Tonga latest score and updates as Springboks look to bounce back

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South Africa meet Tonga in Marseille looking to complete their Rugby World Cup Pool B efforts with a third bonus point win.

The Springboks suffered a set-back against Ireland in a thrilling encounter last time out but are still well placed to make the quarter-finals.

Jacques Nienaber has made a number of changes to his team but will be wary of a Tonga side that are better than they have showed in their first two fixtures in France.

While the absence of Vaea Fifita, suspended after his sending off against Scotland, is a blow, in Charles Piutau, Malakai Fekitoa and Ben Tameifuna, the Pacific Islanders still have real experience and quality.

For South Africa, there is a return for World Cup winning fly half Handre Pollard, called up after injury struck hooker Malcolm Marx earlier in the tournament and looking to stake a claim to regain the starting ten shirt.

Follow all the latest from the Pool B match below. Get all the Rugby World Cup odds here, plus the latest tips and free bets on the World Cup here.


Conversion! South Africa 36-13 Tonga – 59 minutes

Libbok is up to take his first kick of the game after Pollock finished with a flawless record.

This one is quite wide but he makes no mistakes, almost hitting it perfectly into the middle of the posts.

Sonia Twigg1 October 2023 21:25


Try! South Africa 33-13 Tonga – 58 minutes

South Africa try! Tonga spill the ball too close to their touchline and South Africa make them pay the ultimate price for a simple mistake.

Le Roux was the player on the wing who evaded the defender to put the ball over the line just before crossing into touch, he holds off the defenders.

Sonia Twigg1 October 2023 21:24


South Africa 28-13 Tonga – 57 minutes

South Africa have not been perfect in this match, despite some clever innovative play for the tries, they have made nine handling errors.

But they have three bonus points and only one defeat – against Ireland – so far in the World Cup.

Sonia Twigg1 October 2023 21:22


South Africa 28-13 Tonga – 55 minutes

After that try it’s Tonga’s turn to defend and try and keep the Springboks at bay.

Both sides have just been making a lot of changes, it almost feels like new teams, but that has kept the level of intensity high so far in this second half.

Sonia Twigg1 October 2023 21:20


Conversion missed! South Africa 28-13 Tonga – 53 minutes

After a defeat to Scotland in Nice, Tonga have pulled out a special performance here, despite missing the chance for a conversion on that try with a kick that skewed wide of the posts.

Sonia Twigg1 October 2023 21:19


Try! South Africa 28-13 Tonga – 53 minutes

Tonga now with a chance to attack after that penalty, and they get to within metres of the try line but South Africa drive to try and win the ball back.

They almost got there but were driven back by a wall and had to regroup before Inisi ran down the wing to score the try!

Sonia Twigg1 October 2023 21:17


South Africa 28-8 Tonga – 52 minutes

Fifita was the player who looked to have made the tackle and there is a move towards the player in the air.

After the TMO review, Tonga have been awarded a penalty, and South Africa might count themselves lucky for how that was decided.

Sonia Twigg1 October 2023 21:15


South Africa 28-8 Tonga – 51 minutes

South Africa have a number of fresh legs, but almost immediately there is a high tackle that will have to be looked at.

The medic is on the field, for the tackle when Piutau was already in the air.

Sonia Twigg1 October 2023 21:14


Conversion! South Africa 28-8 Tonga – 50 minutes

That bonus point try has rung in the changes, including Pollard, so his last act of the game will have been that conversion, but his kicking game has been perfect in this clash.

Sonia Twigg1 October 2023 21:12


Try! South Africa 26-8 Tonga – 49 minutes

South Africa strike again, Wiese had driven for the line and been held back but Kriel puts the ball over the line to secure that bonus point already for his side.

Sonia Twigg1 October 2023 21:11


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