Sunday 4 December 2016

Tonga shock Italians

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Published 27/11/2016 | 02:30

Sonatane Takulua led Tonga to victory in Italy. Photo: PA
Sonatane Takulua led Tonga to victory in Italy. Photo: PA

Sonatane Takulua kicked a last-minute penalty to give Tonga a first victory over Italy since the 1999 World Cup.

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The Newcastle Falcons player, who had already scored 11 points with his boot, sealed a 19-17 success at the Stadio Euganeo in Padua.

Italy had looked on course for victory following Edoardo Padovani's 78th-minute penalty, which added to converted tries from Lorenzo Cittadini and Tommaso Allan.

Siale Piutau touched down in the 52nd minute to keep the Tongans in contention before Takulua snatched a memorable victory in the final moments.

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