New Zealand face Tonga in their final action in Pool C of Rugby World Cup at Newcastle on Friday night and of course they are heavy favourites to win the match as their opponents conceded 45 points to Argentina last time out. Find below our NEW ZEALAND v TONGA betting preview with predictions, expert tips, enhanced odds, starting XVs, bonuses and no deposit free bets!
NEW ZEALAND v TONGA BETTING PREVIEW New Zealand's place in the final eight is already assured, but the All Blacks still need to clinch a point against to make Pool C's top place theirs. The Kiwi have won all three of their matches but they haven’t hit anything like to gear to date. They emerged victorious with a 26-16 victory over Argentina in their opening fixture and hammered Namibia 58-14 and Georgia 43-10. Anyway, all their displays were riddled with handling errors.
The All Blacks will be without injured captain Richie McCaw after picking up a hip injury in the win over Georgia and he will not be risked. Sam Cane takes his place in the XV, while No. 8 Kieran Read takes the captain's armband. Milner-Skudder also gets a start and Sonny Bill is on the bench.
Tonga lost a niggling encounter with Georgia in their opening fixture before a strenuous win over Georgia and then another heavy 45-16 loss at the hands of Argentina. They are currently third in the Pool C standings and they would need a miracle to qualify for the quarter-finals. They must beat the New Zealand and hope Argentina loses to Namibia in their final game
Tonga have made just one change from the team that failed against Argentina with inside centre Latiume Fosita replacing Sione Piukala while six Tongans will make their fourth start at the RWC 2015.
NEW ZEALAND v TONGA STARTING XVs
New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Sonny Bill Williams.
Tonga: 15 Vungakoto Lilo, 14 Telusa Veainu, 13 Siale Piutau, 12 Latiume Fosita, 11 Fetu'u Vainikolo, 10 Kurt Morath, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 8 Viliami Ma'afu, 7 Nili Latu (c), 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Joseph Tuineau, 4 Tukulua Lokotui, 3 Halani Aulika, 2 Elvis Taione, 1 Soane Tonga'uiha.
Replacements: 16 Paula Ngauamo, 17 Sona Taumalolo, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Steve Mafi, 20 Jack Ram, 21 Samisoni Fisilau, 22 Viliami Tahitua, 23 Will Helu.
NEW ZEALAND v TONGA BEST ODDS
|NEW ZEALAND|| 4.00 with||Bet £10, win £40.00|
|THE DRAW||151.00 with||Bet £10, win £1510.00|
|TONGA||81.00 with||Bet £10, win £810.00|
NEW ZEALAND v TONGA PREDICTIONS
- Winner: New Zealand @ 4.00
- Winning Margin: New Zealand 51-60 points @ 5.50
- Anytime tryscorer: Ma'a Nonu @ 2.38
- Total Tries: Over 9.5 @ 2.10
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