THIRD TIME LUCKY | TONGA BREAK DUCK

TONGA claimed their first 2011 World Cup win at the third attempt with a hard-fought 31-18 victory over Japan yesterday in Whangarei. Viliami Ma’afu, Tukulua Lokotui and Fetu’u Vainikolo scored the tries to maintain the Pacific Islanders’ slim hope of progressing from Pool A. Although they stayed in touch with Tonga throughout, Japan’s defeat confirmed their elimination.