24 Oct 2022
Tonga 32-6 Wales: Match in Pictures
Daniel Tupou's hat-trick helped maintain Tonga's 100 per cent start
By Andrew Lawton at the Totally Wicked Stadium
Daniel Tupou scored a hat-trick as Group D favourites Tonga earned their second success of the Rugby League World Cup with a 32-6 victory over Wales.
A trio of scores for the right wing took his international tally for Tonga to nine with the result at the Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens leaving his side perfectly-placed to qualify for the quarter-finals.
After Kyle Evans’ surprise opener for Wales, Tupou got Tonga on the board before tries from Keaon Koloamatangi and David Fifita in the final minutes of the first half put the 2017 semi-finalists in control.
Tesi Niu added Tonga’ fourth try before Tupoa went over twice to seal his hat-trick. The victory gives Tonga their eighth success in their last nine games at the men’s Rugby League World Cup.
Here's the story of the Group D contest in pictures...
Tonga fans create a carnival atmosphere in St Helens (Getty Images for Rugby League World Cup)
Tesi Niu looks to break clear of Ollie Olds' tackle (Getty Images for Rugby League World Cup)
Dan Fleming attempts to find a way through the Tongan defence (Getty Images for Rugby League World Cup)
Kasey Badger in control during a historic night which saw her become the first woman to control a men’s Test match when she takes charge of the fixture at St Helens (Getty Images for Rugby League World Cup)
Tuimola Lolohea slots over one of his three conversions (Getty Images for Rugby League World Cup)
Daniel Tupou goes over for the try which sealed his hat-trick (Getty Images for Rugby League World Cup)
The Rugby League World Cup promises to be the biggest, best and most inclusive event in the sport’s 127-year history with men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams competing in 61 games across 21 venues throughout England. Tickets are available via rlwc2021.com/tickets