Tonga run riot against Scotland

Much-fancied Tonga began their World Cup campaign by hammering Scotland 50-4 in Cairns.

As expected, the Tongans were way too good and raced into a 38-0 half-time lead, with centre Michael Jennings ending the game with a hat-trick of tries.

Scotland were much-improved in the second half and Danny Addy got over for their sole four-pointer, but they were ultimately outclassed by the Mate Ma’a.

Jennings completed his treble before the break as Peni Terepo, Daniel Tupou and Sika Manu all got on the scoreboard in a irresistible first half display.

The match was an even contest after the restart as the Bravehearts stood up, but tries in the final seven minutes from Tupou and Ata Hingano saw Tonga reach the half century.

It’s an uphill battle from here on in for Steve McCormack’s side who face the Kiwis next Saturday in Christchurch.

The Tongans now have a great platform on which to build as they prepare to take on Pacific Island rivals Samoa in Hamilton next week.

A victory against the Samoans will all-but guarantee Tonga’s place in the quarter-finals ahead of their final group game against New Zealand.