HALFTIME: ALL BLACKS 14 TONGA 3
It was another messy half for the All Blacks. They lacked cohesion and were guilty of a number of knock-ons and unforced errors, but they did score two good tries. Tonga will be happy with their first half, they showed great strength at the scrum, unity in defence and were very unlucky not to have a try right before halftime.
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We're back underway and the All Blacks have possession on halfway.
The All Blacks are still down to 14 men, Kieran Read has about 6 more minutes in the bin.
Great play from the AB backline splits open Tonga but they can't turn it into points. Carter opened a gap nicely for Ben Smith but Tonga earned a penalty at the breakdown.
Tonga line out on halfway and it's awkward but they eventually win possession.
Tonga kick to Milner Skudder and the ABs winger soars through the air to collect and put the ABs on the front foot. They swing the ball left to Nonu but his kick is belted into touch on the full.
Tonga on the front foot now as they move their way up over the 22. They are looking strong and controlled in possession.
Tonga into their 12th phase but the ABs are defending well.
Tonga just 10 metres away. Now they have a penalty advantage.
Tonga lose the ball but the ref comes back for their advantage. This time Tonga opt to kick for goal.
That was a real pleasure to watch from Tonga. They attacked with real intent and looked like they had to score out side. They had a 6 -2 overlap out wide on the right but as the ball worked it's way through their hands it was knocked on.
But this time they have a penalty to show for it. Morath slots the kick and Tonga have reduced the deficit to eight points.