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Flyhalf Davies kicks Wales to win over Tonga

Flyhalf Davies kicks Wales to win over Tonga

Wales have defeated the 'Ikale Tahi with a convincing score line 24 -6 at Eden Park in Auckland tonight, June 16.

Alex Cuthbert of Wales looks to chip the ball over Latiume Fosita of Tonga (L) during the Tonga and Wales global rugby Test match at Eden Park in Auckland. Their defense was generally sound, though winger Cooper Vuna and scrumhalf Sonatane Takulua made risky breaks for Tonga in the second half.

McBryde's captain Jamie Roberts believes Wales can cope after seeing their squad depleted.

Wales stretched beyond a score through Davies and kept a pretty uninspired Tonga at arm's length before the Osprey added another three when the forwards put the pressure on in the 22 to force a penalty.

Tonga have never beaten the Welsh in six Tests but had said before the game that with 12 Welsh players on duty with the British and Irish Lions, they had a good chance to get their first victory.

"I'm still waiting for the call", said a grinning Roberts, a veteran of the 2009 and 2013 tours.

"Tonga didn't disappoint with the physical nature they came at us".

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Cuthbert was denied a try in the second minute of the game when the right wing grazed the touchline in a crunching tackle by huge Tongan prop Latu Talakai.

The Newcastle Falcons scrumhalf added his second just after the break before Davies re-established the five-point lead as light rain began to fall, which affected ball handling on both sides.

The first points came a minute later with a handy penalty from Davies who had a patchy day with the boot, missing two further penalty attempts and a conversion in the first half.

Wales head coach Robin McBryde heaped praise on his youthful side as they overcame hard conditions at Eden Park to triumph 24-6 over a physical Tonga team.

He went close again from a crosskick by Anscombe three minutes but failed to ground the ball behind the line.

In the last play of the game Wales were awarded a penalty try when Tonga were penalised for collapsing a rolling maul on the tryline.


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