World Cup 2012

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World Cup 2012

Winger Phil MacKenzie scooted over in the 73rd minute as Canada opened its campaign with a seesawing 25-20 win over Tonga on Wednesday, extending its unbeaten run against the Pacific islanders at the Rugby World Cup in Whangarei, New Zealand.

Aided by a strong tailwind, Canada took a 10-0 lead after 26 minutes and seemed to have the measure of the bigger Tongan lineup, but conceded a try on the stroke of halftime to surrender the ascendancy.

Centre Siale Piutau crossed twice as Tonga scored 20 of the next 23 points before Canada responded again with two late tries, then defended its five-point lead for the last seven minutes to clinch the vital Pool A win.

Canada has beaten Tonga in all three World Cup head-to-heads, dating back to the inaugural tournament here in 1987.

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I'm not normally a rugby fan, but I watched that match. What a game!


The beards were very impressive


I watched the replay of the first half last night (not living on the Left Coast like Catchfire, I slept through the first broadcast). Canada had the bulk of the play except for giving up a try on the strok of half time. The Tongan kicking game was atrocious.