TWITTER TALK: Fans react to England beating Tonga

Drew Darbyshire

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England beat Tonga 20-18 to reach the final of the Rugby League World Cup for the first time in 22 years and fans have had a lot to say.

Wayne Bennett named an unchanged England side to the one that eased past Papua New Guinea in the quarter-finals last weekend, with Sean O’Loughlin captaining the side.

The Three Lions were 12-0 at half-time, with converted tries coming from Jermaine McGillvary and Gareth Widdop in the first half.

Widdop added a penalty goal for England shortly after the restart before John Bateman put them in a 20-0 advantage.

Tonga scored their first try of the game in the 72nd through Tevita Pangai Jnr. They scored another through Siliva Havili before Tui Lolohea made it a nervy fish with two minutes left to play.

Andrew Fifita went over for Tonga late on but it was ruled out and England clinched a 20-18 win. The Three Lions meet Australia in the final next weekend.


Tonga: 1. Will Hopoate, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Konrad Hurrell, 5. David Fusitu’a, 6. Tui Lolohea, 7. Ata Hingano, 8. Andrew Fifita, 9. Siliva Havili, 10. Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 11. Manu Ma’u, 12. Sika Manu (C), 13. Jason Taumalolo.

Interchange: 14. Sione Katoa, 15. Peni Terepo, 16. Tevita Pangai Jnr, 17. Ben Murdoch-Masila.

England: 1. Gareth Widdop, 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. John Bateman, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Luke Gale, 8. Chris Hill, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. James Graham, 11. Sam Burgess, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Sean O’Loughlin (C).

Interchange: 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Tom Burgess, 16. Ben Currie, 17. James Roby.

And here is how you reacted to the result on Twitter:

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