The Principality Stadium in Cardiff will see Tonga pay another visit to Wales Rugby as they look to record their first ever win against the host side. This will be the 2nd last match for Wales of 2018 under armor series as they lay the final bricks in preparation of the Rugby World Cup later next year. Tonga had a great misery against the WRU in the last outings where they lose the game by a massive margin. Last time both were met in New Zealand soil, a neutral venue for them. Let’s see whether Tonga can manage a maiden win or Wales can keep the result same without giving any chance to the opposition. Here’s Wales vs Tonga Rugby 2018 Autumn Test Predictions and Preview for.
Tonga v Wales Rugby Fixtures 2018 Autumn Internationals, Kickoff Time, What Channel the game is on Online TV
This Saturday matchup between Wales and Tonga will be the 9th meeting and 4th in the Wales soil. So far Tonga fails to win against WRU in between a previous couple of meetings. It will be a challenge for Toutai Kefu to manage a maiden win over the Warren Gatland’s side. Let’s see the schedule seemingly.
- What: Wales vs Tonga Rugby 2018 Autumn Test
- When: Saturday, 17th of November
- Where: Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
- Kickoff: 14:30 GMT
- Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
- Assistant Referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
- Television Match Official (TMO): Olly Hodges (Ireland)
- What Channel the game is on: S4C, BBC Sports
Wales Rugby Previous Game (30-12)
In their previous game, the Welsh side beat Argentina 30-12. This game saw both sides score two tries apiece. The Argentina Rugby scored tries via Montoya and Delguy while Wales crossed the line through Adams and Amos. However, Argentina gave away a lot of penalties and Patchell made them pay by putting six of them over. The 18 points proved to be the difference in the game at the final whistle.
Player Replacements for Wales vs Tonga Rugby 2018 Autumn Test
- Welsh Rugby Union: Wales will be without Faletau and S. Williams who won’t feature due to injury. In their place, Holmes and L. Morgan have earned maiden call-ups to the national side.
- Tonga Rugby: Tonga has called upon a strong side for the autumn internationals. It includes Pangai, Ofahengaue, Sorensen, Taola, Fusitu’a, Jennings, and Tupou.
Tonga Rugby Last Match
In their previous match, Tonga defeated Fiji by 27-19. This game saw Tonga and Fiji score three tries apiece while Tonga converted 3 tries as compared to Fiji’s 2 conversions. Tonga added two more penalties to ensure victory. Fiji scored tries via Lomani, Goneva, and V. Mata. On the other hand, Tonga grabbed tries via Ngauamo, Mafi, and Faleafa.
Key Players To Watch
Both Tonga and Wales will come up with a bunch of spirits to dominate each other. To do this both sides will have decorated their team with some promising rookies. So, Let’s see the key players of Wales vs Tonga Rugby 2018 Autumn Test.
- Tonga: Tonga will be looking at J. Taumalolo and A. Fifita to lead their army when they face Wales on the 17th of November. The duo will be key for Tonga if they are to cause an upset against the Welsh side.
- Wales: Wales will be looking for inspiration from the player contingent that impressed in the June tests. These players include Lydiate, Wyn, Owens, North, Biggar, and Halfpenny.
Wales vs Tonga Rugby 2018 Autumn Test Predictions
These two sides have played a total of 8 matches with the Welsh side emerging victorious in all occasions. The most recent being a 24-6 win in favor of Wales. In this match, Wales scored tries via Cuthbert and Penalty while Davies scored four penalties to take the match out of Tonga’s reach. On the other hand, Takulua scored two penalties for Tonga Rugby and these were the only alterations to the scoreboard by the side from Polynesian Nation. Wales is arguably the better side coming into this game and they will be straightforward winners in this game.
Prediction: Wales 32-10 Tonga.
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