Tonga 18-20 Samoa Highlights as Matt Parish’s men defy the odds to book semi-final clash against England as St Helens star limps off

Samoa are headed to a first ever Rugby League World Cup semi-final after they just about edged Tonga in one of the greatest quarter finals in the tournament’s long history.

They now have the chance to right the wrongs of their 60-6 defeat to England as they meet again.

Highlights:

Sa’u slices through
The scoring got underway in what was a physical, somewhat brutal affair, through a lovely nuanced play with a disguised pass supported by the dummy run of Joseph Suaali’i allowed Jaydn Su’a to slice through on the inside shoulder.

Tupou take
Daniel Tupou showed amazing hands to take a dipping Will Hopoate pass to dive over in the corner as Tonga responded with a lovely set play.

Luai magic
Jarome Luai is one of the best players in the world as jinking runs and wrong footed defenders and as he cut back inside of the Tongan defence he stormed over to score.

Vital Tonga score
Tonga trimmed the deficit going into halftime with a vital try created by a lovely grubber from Soni Luke with the Catalans Dragons bound Siosiua Taukeiaho grounding.

Very nearly Lafai magic
Everyone in Super League knows the magic offload Tim Lafai possesses and he produced another world class offload to slip the ball behind him to Taylan May who would have scored if the pass hadn’t been deemed as forward.

To’o takes advantage of opportunity
After a brilliant Suaali’i break, a lovely floated kick out wide missed everyone and bounced up for Brian To’o to score a vital try for Samoa.

Katoa keeps Tonga hope
Eight points down, Tonga needed something magic to get back into the game and it came after a great kick return, the Tongans burst through with Sione Katoa on hand to streek away and score.

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