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Winger Lachlan Turner scored three tries as Australia ‘A’ beat Tonga 60-15 on Friday at Aussie Stadium, Sydney in the opening Pacific Nations Cup match for both teams.

The Australians ran in eight tries to two, with Ryan Cross scoring twice for Australia. Clinton Schifcofske added a try, and kicked six conversions and two penalty goals for a personal total of 23 points for the match.

Tonga took a 5-3 lead in the seventh minute when winger Seti Kiole crossed for a try. But the Pacific Island side rarely
threatened to add to its total again until center Isileli Tupou scored in the final five minutes.

The score was 13-8 at the break to the Australians, but the home side and Lachlan Turner were to run rampant in the second half.

Tonga plays Japan next weekend at Coffs Harbour, Australia in its second match of the six-country series, while Australia ‘A’ follows at the same venue against Samoa.

The scorers:

For Australia:
Tries: Turner 3, Cross 2, Polota-Nau, Hewat, Schifcofske
Cons: Schifcofske 6, Hewat
Pens: Schifcofske 2

For Tonga:
Tries: Kiole, Tupou
Con: Apikotoa
Pen: Apikotoa

Australia ‘A’: 15 Peter Hewat, 14 Clinton Schifcofske, 13 Junior Pelesasa, 12 Ryan Cross, 11 Lachlan Turner, 10 Berrick Barnes, 9 Sam Cordingley, 8 Jone Tawake, 7 David Pocock, 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Alister Campbell (c), 4 Will Caldwell, 3 Troy Takiari, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Nic Henderson
Replacements:16 Sean Hardman, 17 Gareth Hardy, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19Julian Salvi, 20 Josh Holmes, 21 Gene Fairbanks, 22 Kurtley Beale

Tonga Squad: Aleki Lutui, Viliami Ma’asi, Tevita Taumoepeau, Makoni Finau, Sateki Mata’u, Toma Toke, Tevita Tanginoa, Isileli Fine, Sione Kalamafoni, Nili Latu, Naisa Sikalu, Chris Hala’ufia, Teu’imuli Kaufusi, Hale T.Pole, David Palu, Sikalele ‘Ahoafi, Fangatapu ‘Apikotoa, Setaleki Lu’au, Kaiongo Tupou, Hudson Tonga’uiha, Suka Hufanga, Sione Fonua, Aisea Havili, Seti Kiole, Vungakoto Lilo, Sila Va’enuku

Referee: Taizo Hirabayashi (Japan)
Touch judges: tba (New Zealand), James Scholtens (Australia)

Sapa-AFP

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