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Summary

  1. Tonga recover from opening Georgia defeat
  2. Tonga score three first-half tries before sealing bonus point
  3. Namibia have lost all 17 of the Rugby World Cup matches

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Time for us to say cheerio. Until Thursday that is. Thursday? Only the small matter of Wales v Fiji.

Warren Gatland has made three enforced changes for that match - see who has been given the nod here. We'll have live coverage of that match from about 16:00 BST so we'll see you then. Miss it miss out!

Next up?

Tonga face a World Cup defining game against Argentina on Sunday, while Namibia continue their hunt for that first World Cup win against Georgia on Wednesday. Victory for the Namibians there would do the Tongans a favour too...

As it stands

Tonga 35-21 Namibia

Pool C
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Player reaction

Tonga 35-21 Namibia

Namibia captain Jacques Burger - he of Saracens fame - sounds upbeat in his post-match interview. He admits the Namibian scrums were a major source of frustration - that would have give them "a good shot" he reckons. Can they gain that elusive win against Georgia? "Of course," he replies. "We're growing slowly but we don't have a lot of time left."

Tonga 35-21 Namibia

Namibia
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Player reaction

Tonga 35-21 Namibia

Tonga's Vili Ma'afu: "Namibia's tries were quite frustrating, at times we didn't play smart and we didn't play with our brains - we made a lot of mistakes.

"We showcased our skills. We have a lot of fast guys who can score tries. We have to be happy with the win. We are going to play hard against Argentina."

Tonga 35-21 Namibia

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

To put Namibia's World Cup task into context, there are 10 times as many people at Sandy Park than are registered to play rugby in the whole of the African country. And Sandy Park is the smallest venue at this Rugby World Cup.  

Full-time

Tonga 35-21 Namibia

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Full-time

Tonga 35-21 Namibia

Referee Glen Jackson toots his whistle for the final time today - and that my friends mean it is game over. Tonga bounce back from their opening defeat to give themselves hope of nabbing third spot in Pool C. For Namibia? The search for that elusive first World Cup continues...

Namibia players look dejected
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Tonga 35-21 Namibia

Time for another late score for Tonga? The Pacific Islanders venture into Namibian territory but can't get near the line. That should just about be that.

Tonga 35-21 Namibia

Someone has irked huge Tongan forward Joseph Tuineau following that lineout. Glad it is not me. Bit of handbags between the players as referee Glen Jackson calls for discipline.

Tonga 35-21 Namibia

Oh no! Replacement hooker Louis van der Westhuizen's first task is to find his team-mate but fails to find his target. Chance gone. Game gone.

Tonga 35-21 Namibia

Namibia kick into the far corner. Guess what's coming? Line out and a big drive. That doesn't quite work out, but they manage to force another line-out. A converted try here and....

Penalty - Tonga 35-21 Namibia

Kurt Morath

Van Lill's indiscretion eases the pressure on Tonga, who set up camp in the Namibian half before winning a penalty. Kurt Morath does the honours from 30 metres out - and that *should be* that.

Tonga 32-21 Namibia

But Tonga keep their cool, win back possession and set up a big drive. That lures in PJ Van Lill who is caught offside.

Tonga 32-21 Namibia

Namibia go straight back on the attack - their old friend Mo is behind them. Mo who? Mo-mentum of course (sorry).

Burger-tastic

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

The whole of Sandy Park erupted when Burger went over for his second try. Surely they can't stage a come back now?

Converted try - Tonga 32-21 Namibia

Jacques Burger, con Theuns Kotze

Wait! Don't go and cook your dinner just yet. Namibia aren't totally out of this. Jacques Burger powers over again in the left corner, before Theuns Kotze cleanly belts over the conversion. Manic celebrations from Namibians, including sprinting hero Frankie Fredericks who is still waving that flag. 

Tonga 32-14 Namibia

Tonga lurk menacingly again in the Namibian half, but a fumble from Joseph Tuineau gifts the turnover to their opponents.

Tonga 32-14 Namibia

Tonga are dominating the carries, metres made and clean breaks stats today - making more than double of those by Namibia in each department. That's something which they failed to do in their opening defeat against Georgia. Much improved.

Fisilau - Jersey's finest

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Did you know that Tongan replacement scrum-half Samisoni Fisilau is the first player from Jersey Rugby Club to play at a World Cup? 

The island side are in their fourth season in the English Championship. 

Tonga 32-14 Namibia

Play is halted as referee Glen Jackson goes back to look at a series of infringements before Kotze was held up. Turns out it was a knock-on party, with a Namibian hand judged to have fumbled first. Tongan scrum after a flurry of substitutions. 

Tonga 32-14 Namibia

Ooohs and aaahs from the Namibian-supporting Exeter crowd as fly-half Theuns Kotze tries to reach out for the line. Alas, he can't stick the ball on the paint and Tonga steal the turnover.

Tonga 32-14 Namibia

A mixed afternoon for Tonga's Vungakoto Lilo. He has been successful with two conversions and one penalty, but also missed three more conversions and a penalty. 

Vungakoto Lilo
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Try - Tonga 32 -14 Namibia

Telusa Veainu, missed con Vunga Lilo

Twinkle toesTelusa Veainuended up running out of space on his last jive into Namibian territory. Not this time. The Tongan flyer collects a square pass from Jack Ram, crossing easily in the left corner to match his team-mate by bagging his second try of afternoon.

Not so easy for Vunga Lilo, whose kick fires towards the posts before fading out to the right.

Telusa Veainu scores a try
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Tonga 27-14 Namibia

Namibia coach Phil Davies - the former Wales international who younger folk may remember for his days bossing Leeds and Worcester - chuckles away in the stands after Burger's try. But moments later he won't be laughing as he sees Telusa Veainu dance through his defence with a sidestep or three.

Tonga 27-14 Namibia

Tonga have had 62 % of the ball, the bonus point for four tries is already in the bag and they have a 13-point advantage with 25 minutes remaining.

Possession
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Namibia change tack

Tonga 27-14 Namibia

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Namibia have changed tactic and not appears to be working. They couldn't compete with Tonga at the running game, but since giving the forwards a go they've had more success. A bit late to change the outcome though I fear.  

Converted try - Tonga 27-14 Namibia

Jacques Burger, con Theuns Kotze

If anyone is going to help Namibia give Tonga a fright then it is talismanic flanker Jacques Burger. The Saracens man is buried at the bottom of several blue and red bodies in the left corner. Is he over? Ref Glen Jackson needs confirmation. That is given by the man in the stand and Namibia have their second try.

Theuns Kotze does the business with the kick too.

Jacques Burger
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Theuns Kotze
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Tonga 27-7 Namibia

Namibia look in trouble now. Oh, hang on. They're back on the attack...

Try - Tonga 27-7 Namibia

Jack Ram

Bonus point time! Incisive break from Vunga Lilo - who goes the Namibia line like a knife through hot butter - sets Tonga back on the attack. Lilo glances left to see Telusa Veainu in support and his quick hands put in Jack Ram. A quick inside step, a palm off and a dive over the line sees him score his second try of the match.

Jack Ram scores a try
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More stars at Sandy Park

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

I must be some sort of rugby celeb-magnet. Not content with Jason Leonard and Bill Beaumont, George Greagan and Ian McGeechan have just sat down next to me. Selfie anyone?

Tonga 22-7 Namibia

Ouch! Lanky Tonga lock Hale T-Pole challenged Uanivi in the aforementioned line-out and lands awkwardly to turn his ankle. My gut is turning watching the replays. His afternoon - and maybe tournament - is cooked.

Tonga 22-7 Namibia

Few cheers as Tonga full-back Vunga Lilo shanks a kick straight into touch inside his own half. Great set-piece from the Namibians as Tjiuee Uanivi leaps highest to claim the ball, but the blue-shirted pack cannot make a dent in the Tongan defence.

Kick-off

Tonga 22-7 Namibia

Namibia's turn to kick off the action. They've got a mountain to climb if they are going to earn their first World Cup win.

Tonga 22-7 Namibia

The sun is still beating down in Exeter. Beautiful day to watch some try-tastic rugby. The players are sauntering back out of the tunnel.

Half-time statistics

Tonga 22-7 Namibia

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Tonga 22-7 Namibia

Tonga's sharp first-half display has not dampened the spirit of Namibia's most famous son. Former Commonwealth and World 200m champion Frankie Fredericks is suited and booted in the posh seats, waving his Namibia flag as the players chew the fat in the dressing rooms.

Good job he's there because I've no idea who Namibia's second most famous son. Frankie could do still probably do a job out wide for the Namibians. 

"Get the ball to Frankie!!"