Tonga Invitational XIII vs Australia – Test Match Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Tonga Invitational XIII vs Australia taking place? Saturday 2nd November, 2019 – 06:40 (UK)

Where is Tonga Invitational XIII vs Australia taking place? Eden Park, Auckland

What is the expected weather for Tonga Invitational XIII vs Australia? 14c in clear skies

What channel is Tonga Invitational XIII vs Australia on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream Tonga Invitational XIII vs Australia? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Tonga Invitational XIII vs Australia? https://premier.ticketek.co.nz...

LAST MEETING
Australia 34-16 Tonga

THE TEAM NEWS

TONGA INVITATIONAL XIII

  • The Tongan Invitational XIII produced a superb display as they defeated Great Britain last week and will look to build on that as they face the difficult task of facing the might of Australia.
  • Aga Hingano was a late withdrawal last week with Brisbane youngster Tesi Niu doing a brilliant job as his deputy when lining up at fullback but Hingano is fit for this contest and will start at halfback.
  • Hopoate will revert to the fullback position whilst Konrad Hurrell retains his place after he was also a late inclusion last week whilst the Tongans have plenty of options among their extended bench with Joe Ofahengaue and Tevita Pangai Jnr. hoping to come into the side.

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia put in a classy performance as they proved too good for New Zealand last week and will be difficult to beat once again as they head to Auckland to face a Tongan side that also picked up an impressive victory in their last game.
  • The Australians added Clint Gutherson and Victory Radley to their squad at the start of the week but neither are expected to play unless injuries strike with the Kangaroos making just one change from last week’s 17.
  • Cameron Murray will make his debut for the Kangaroos from the bench having replaced Ben Hunt which will see the Australians go without a utility man on the bench although Wade Graham is capable of playing several positions.

THE PREDICTION

Australia remain the side to beat on the international stage but the Tongan Invitational XIII will fancy their chances of at least pushing them close following their impressive victory last week. The Tongans beat Great Britain with a dominant display in which they allowed the Lions to have little field position. They will have to defend well again against the Kanargoos but their lack of quality in the halves could prove to be the difference with the Australians able to come out on top.

TSZ Latest