Brent Kite's Tongan side finished their World Cup campaign on a high with a win over Italy. Credit: SWpix.com Copyright: SWpix.com
Every player rated from Tonga's 16-0 win over Italy.
1. Nesiasi Mataitonga: Had a good, error-free night at the back filling in for Glen Fisiiahi. 7.
2. Daniel Tupou: His height and athleticism made him a real handful for Italy. Always threatening. 7.
3. Konrad Hurrell: Some pumping runs in attack and even more pleasingly some great moments and bruising hits in defence. No longer a one-trick pony. 7.5
4. Mahe Fonua: A match-high eight tackle breaks underscored the headaches he caused the Azzurri defence. 7.
5. Jorge Taufua: Not his most dominant performance but still kept himself busy. 6.5.
6. Samisoni Langi: Not the only playmaker in the game to suffer last-tackle indecisiveness but he did create a few genuine chances in attack. 6.5.
7. Daniel Foster: The most dangerous of the four halves on the field, he had a big say in the outcome of the match despite a few errors. 7.
8. Brent Kite: Didn’t quite put his stamp on the match but got through plenty of defence. 7.
9. Pat Politoni: Injured a shoulder in the opening minutes and was forced from the field. No score.
10. Fuifui Moimoi: His explosive runs produced some spectacular collisions and camped Tonga on the front foot, particularly at the beginning of each half. 9.
11. Ukuma Ta'ai: Struggled to involve himself heavily; a fairly quiet performance. 6.
12. Willie Manu: Some powerful runs from the experienced back rower, producing eight tackle breaks, two line breaks and three offloads. The second best forward on the park. 8.5.
13. Mickey Paea: Very busy all night with a game-high 41 tackles to go with 114 metres. 8.
14. Nafe Seluini: Got through far more work than he would have planned following Politoni’s injury, his composure was crucial to Tonga grinding out a win. 7.5.
15. Siosaia Vave: Underused off the bench, the Storm forward went ok in limited minutes. 5.5.
16. Peni Terepo: Had some great moments once he finally got on the field in the second half, saving one try and scoring another. 7.
17. Siuatonga Likiliki: Another who received limited minutes, with just three runs but two errors. 4.5.
1. Anthony Minichiello: A curious game from the skipper. Made some good runs but contributed to some befuddled last-play footy and produced a couple of errors. Looked frustrated. 5.
2. Josh Mantellato: The ball never really came his way and he didn’t go looking for it. 5.
3. James Tedesco: Some searching runs, his pace showed up Tonga once or twice and was unlucky not to score in the second half. 7.
4. Aidan Guerra: Probably his quietest game of the tournament. He still looked dangerous when given a chance to run and was the only man all night to put Moimoi down and remain standing. 7.
5. Chris Centrone: Flirted too close to the touch line on several occasions. 5.5.
6. Ben Falcone: Had terrible problems knowing what to do on the last play and got caught too many times while still holding the ball. 4.5.
7. Ryan Ghetti: Also contributed to Italy’s lack of polish at the end of sets, particularly when in attacking position. 5.
8. Anthony Laffranchi: Had less impact than in Italy’s previous two games, he still produced plenty of tackles and metres. 6.5.
9. Dean Parata: Contributed to Italy’s handling woes when on the attack. 6.
10. Paul Vaughan: The best of the Azzurri with some huge runs, he had a great running battle with Moimoi and a sensational offload should have earned Italy a try. 8.5
11. Mark Minichiello: Great all-round game from the Titans back rower, they needed more efforts like this. 8.
12. Cameron Ciraldo: Came off second best when hit by Hurrell. Had a mixed game with some promising runs, and unlucky to have three errors to his name as he often received the ball under big pressure from Tonga. 6.5.
13. Joel Riethmuller: Dropped the ball to defuse Italy’s first attacking chance and really set the tone for the night, he also missed four tackles. 5.
14. Kade Snowden: Limited impact off the bench in limited minutes, he still managed to concede two penalties. 4.5.
15. Ryan Tramonte: Barely sighted off the bench. 4.5.
16. Brenden Santi: Threw himself into his work but wasn’t able to make much of an impact. 5.5.
17. Raymond Nasso: Italy looked more dangerous when he replaced Parata and injected plenty of spark. Unfortunately Italy weren’t able to convert those opportunities. 7.