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Jonathan Jurejko

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  1. 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!

  2. 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...

  3. As it stands

    Tonga 35-21 Namibia

    Pool C
  4. 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."

  5. Post update

    Tonga 35-21 Namibia

  6. 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."

  7. Post update

    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.  

  8. Full-time

    Tonga 35-21 Namibia

    Full time
  9. 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
  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Post update

    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.

  13. Post update

    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....

  14. 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.

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

    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).

  17. 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?

  18. 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. 

  19. Post update

    Tonga 32-14 Namibia

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

  20. Post update

    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.

  21. 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. 

  22. Post update

    Tongs 32-14 Namibia

  23. Post update

    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. 

  24. Post update

    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.

  25. Post update

    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
  26. 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
  27. Post update

    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.

  28. Post update

    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.

  29. 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.  

  30. 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
    Theuns Kotze
  31. Post update

    Tonga 27-7 Namibia

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

  32. 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
  33. 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?

  34. Post update

    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.

  35. Post update

    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.

  36. 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.

  37. Post update

    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.

  38. Half-time statistics

    Tonga 22-7 Namibia

  39. Post update

    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!!"

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  41. Great end to a great half

    Tonga 22-7 Namibia

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Veainu's disallowed try encapsulated the entire first half there. Brilliant flowing rugby, a poor pass, and an dive for the line. High entertainment, not always the most cultured of hands on show!

  42. Half-time

    Tonga 22-7 Namibia

    Half time
  43. Half-time

    Tonga 22-7 Namibia

    Toot, toot! Referee Glen Jackson blows time on a thrilling first-half in Exeter. Tonga have been much, much improved from their miserable opener against Georgia. They have got plenty of punch up front, but the real damage is coming from some incisive attack. A bonus point looks to be a formality...

  44. No try

    Tonga 22-7 Namibia

    Cheers from the Namibian-supporting Exeter crowd as the super slo-mo television replays show that Telusa Veainu's left hand touches the whitewash just before he grounds the ball. Shame. That would have staked a claim for one of the best finishes of the tournament so far.

    Telusa Veainu
  45. Try review - Tonga

    Tonga 22-7 Namibia

    Cheers Brent. The famous (or is that infamous) commentator's curse spurs Tonga into try-scoring action. Or has it? Telusa Veainu shows remarkable agility to dive over in the corner. But was he in touch? Let's find out....

    Telusa Veainu dives for the try line but the try was disallowed
  46. Score board operator's having a rest

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    We've not had a try for all of 10 minutes. I might put in an official complaint, although my note pad is happy to have a rest, as is the man operating the scoreboard! 

  47. Post update

    Tonga 22-7 Namibia

    The Tongan left wing is like a rush-hour platform at Euston station. Packed. And that means the Pacific Islanders cannot get over the line for that bonus-point try as Namibia manage to squeeze them out. Too many Tongan cooks spoil the broth and all that...

  48. Post update

    Tonga 22-7 Namibia

    The penalty count against Namibia is already at nine after only 36 minutes of play.

  49. Penalty - Tonga 22- 7 Namibia

    Vunga Lilo

    Namibia give away another penalty at the breakdown - taking their tally to nine compared to Tonga's two - gives Vunga Lilo another chance to extend his team's lead. And that is exactly what he does, using his right-foot as a bow to arrow the ball over the posts from out left.

  50. Replacement

    Tonga 19-7 Namibia

    Back row change for Tonga. Off comes Sione Kalamafoni with Opeti Fonua -  the new Leicester Tiger - taking his place. Any hope Namibia had of this switch lightening the Tongan pack soon disappears. Fonua is built like a brick outhouse.

  51. Try, try, try again

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    If you like free-flowing rugby then this is the game for you. The handling might not be great, but the entertainment value is right up there. 

  52. Post update

    Tonga 19-7 Namibia

    Renaldo Bothma, the Namibia number eight who I earlier likened to a young Boris Johnson, gets on his bike to alleviate the Tongan pressure. Bothma glances to his right, sees team-mate Johan Tromp in support, but the winger fumbles the ball with plenty of grass ahead of him. Very frustrating.

  53. Vunga go home

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Tonga's Vungokoto Lilo, or Vunga to his mates, knows this place well. He had a brief spell for Exeter's big rivals Cornish Pirates five years ago when both clubs were in the second tier of English rugby. 

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  55. Post update

    Tonga 19-7 Namibia

  56. Post update

    Tonga 19-7 Namibia

    Fastest four-try bonus-point in the tournament so far? Just 31 minutes. Tonga couldn't, could they? The ball is being carried forward again by a red shirt...

  57. Converted try - Tonga 19-7 Namibia

    Latiume Fosita, con Vunga Lilo

    Normal service resumed. Tonga grab their third try of the afternoon as Latiume Fosita - a former Doncaster Knights player in the English Championship - scoops up an offload from bulky forward Joseph Tuineau to cross. Vunga Lilo sticks his size nine straight through the kick from in front of the posts.

    Latiume Fosita scores a try
    Vungakoto Lilo
  58. Missed penalty

    Tonga 12-7 Namibia

    Tonga full-back Vunga Lilo might want to have a look in his kit bag - I think he's forgotten his kicking boots. Namibian indiscipline gives Lilo a penalty chance from about 30 metres out, quite central, but he drags his effort wide to the delight of the Exeter crowd. 

  59. It's not over yet

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    That's the biggest cheer of the day by a long chalk as Namibia get on the scoreboard. This game has try-fest written all over it. 

    Johan Tromp celebrates
  60. Converted try - Tonga 12-7 Namibia

    Johan Tromp, con Theuns Kotze

    Oh hello! Namibia are back in this. Largely down to sloppy Tongan play in their own 22, allowing wing Johan Tromp to scamper through next to the posts. Theuns Kotze boots the simplest of conversions, cue plenty of flag-waving and whoops of joy from the Namibians in the Sandy Park crowd.

    Johan Tromp scores a try
  61. Post update

    Tonga 12-0 Namibia

    What response have Namibia got in the locker? A good one as it happens. Wing Russell van Wyk looks set to go over before Tonga steal in the nick of time.

  62. Try - Tonga 12-0 Namibia

    Jack Ram, missed con Vunga Lilo

    If Namibia are going to win this game then most experts reckon it was going to be by using their massive pack. But they can't get on top in these early stages, gaining more promising position down the right flank. Flanker Jack Ram dances through the Namibia line, stretching out to score Tonga's second try.

    Tonga's Jack Ram scores
  63. Great and the good

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    We're in exalted company here today.  Jason Leonard and South Africa Rugby Union boss Oregan Hoskins watch from the boxes, with Bill Beaumont just behind them.

  64. Post update

    Tonga 7-0 Namibia

    Ten minutes in and Namibia have had more of the ball, but trail 7-0 after that burst from Telusa Veainu saw him score the first try of the match.

  65. Converted try - Tonga 7-0 Namibia

    Telusa Veainu, con Vungakoto Lilo

    Perfect start for Tonga, nightmare for Namibia. Tonga climb highest to win their own lineout, before some slick hands set up a beautiful angle for Telusa Veaninu to burst through. The Tonga wing scurries through a host of blue shirts, is almost held up but manages to roly-poly over the line.

    The officials have a quick look at the television replays. All good. Advantage Tonga.

    Tonga's Telusa Veainu
  66. Post update

    Tonga 0-0 Namibia

    More of this stuff please! Cracking start in sunny Exeter. Tonga almost break down the left after an intercept before the Namibians scramble back.

    Great hands from Namibia number eight Renaldo Botha - who looks like a young Boris Johnson - starts a counter, centre Johan Deysel finding wing Russell van Wyk. But he can't punch a hole in the Tongan defence.

  67. Post update

    Tonga 0-0 Namibia

    Tonga enjoy plenty of ball in hand in the early exchanges, orchestrated by fly-half Latiume Fosita who apparently pronounces his name as Foster. As in the Australian lager. Or English swimmer Mark. A little kick from Sale Piutau tries to catch out the Namibian defence. No dice.

  68. Kick-off

    Tonga 0-0 Namibia

    Right then - here we go. Namibia's team of dentists, steel construction workers - and Premiership warrior Jacques Burger - are aiming for their first World Cup win.

  69. Post update

    Tonga v Namibia (16:45 BST)

    Anthems over - I reckon the Tonga offer beats the Namibian ditty. Bit too hymn-like is the Namibian anthem.

    One last tradition to go - the Tongan Sipi Tau. Wild eyes, tongues out, menacing dance moves. The Namibian team stand yards away, staring down their rivals. Unfazed. I'd have ran back to the changing room.

    Tonga team line up
  70. Sandy Park's biggest day

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    When England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003, today's venue was just a field at the side of the M5.

    Sandy Park

    But roll on 12 years and Sandy Park is now home to the fifth-best team in England, the Exeter Chiefs.

    The ground was opened in 2006 and had its capacity extended to 12,500 last year in time for today's match - a far cry from Exeter's old County Ground which held just over 5,000 and was ringed by a speedway track.

  71. Post update

    Tonga v Namibia (16:45 BST)

    Talking of ear-ringing's another one as both teams shuffle out of the Sandy Park tunnel. Not much room down there with these two bulky sets barging their way on to the pitch. Anthem time...

  72. Home town hero

    Tonga v Namibia (16:45 BST)

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    The biggest cheer of the day so far for Exeter's Namibian full-back Chrysander Botha - but then you'd expect that from his hometown fans!

  73. Will today be Namibia's day?

    Tonga v Namibia (16:45 BST)

    Namibia are the most consistent team at the World Cup - they always lose.

    Sixteen times they have entered the field full of hope - well, maybe - and 16 times they have trudged off on the receiving end of a hiding. And boy have they had some beatings.

    Their 142-0 loss to Australia in 2003 remains a World Cup record, and they have also suffered an 87-0 loss to South Africa in 2011 and an 87-10 thrashing against France in 2007.

    The closest Namibia have come to a first World Cup win was when they only lost by 15 points in their 32-17 defeat by Ireland in 2007.

  74. How they stand

    Tonga v Namibia (16:45 BST)

    So the bottom two nations in Pool C meet in today's match at Sandy Park, Exeter. The top two sides advance into the quarter-finals and that may seem a long way off for both Tonga and Namibia, who lost their opening games to Georgia and New Zealand respectively.

    However, they still have loads to play for as the top three nations in each pool qualify for the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Plenty to play for. 

    Pool C table
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    Quite often World Cup matches between two of the 'lesser' sides turn out to be crackers. Not that any immediately spring to my mind. But they definitely do - I've just had a long week. So help me out, tweet in your favourite memories of classic games between a pair of minnows, and it can be across rugby union, football, cricket, taekwondo, whatever.

    You know the drill - send them to #bbcrugby. Feel free to talk to us about whatever you like really. (Keep that rugby-related).

  76. Behind the scenes

    Tonga v Namibia (16:45 BST)

  77. United Tonga

    Tonga v Namibia (16:45 BST)

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Tonga's players leave the field from their warm up with hands on each other's shoulders. 

    They will hope that show of unity can help them bounce back from that shock loss to Georgia in their first game. 

  78. 'Two heads better than one'

    Tonga v Namibia (16:45 BST)

    Two skippers for Tonga? That's just greedy. Wonder if the co-captains are going to lead the team out together. Perhaps they've played a quick game of paper, scissors, rock to decide who gets the honour.

    “Two people are running the show, which also enforces the need to link more between our forwards and our backs,”  said Tonga coach Manu Otai.

  79. Line-ups

    Tonga v Namibia (16:45 BST)

    Tonga coach Mana Otai has had to make a late change to the side he named two days ago as Fetu'u Vainikolo has been ruled out of today's match after "post training tightness" so Telusa Veainu will start at 11.

    Tonga are without regular captain Nili Latu (hamstring injury), so Siale Piutau and number eight Viliami Ma'afu will share the leadership duties.  


    Namibia have made eight changes to the starting line-up that lost 58-14 to New Zealand.

    Saracens flanker Jacques Burger will make his 10th World Cup appearance, one short of the team record of 11 held by Hugo Horn. 

  80. The southern hemisphere in Devon

    Tonga v Nambia (16:45 BST)

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Rugby fans from all four corners of the globe are converging on Exeter's Sandy Park - the smallest venue at this year's World Cup.

    The Tongan flags are out in force, but it seems many of those here are hoping underdogs Namibia can get their first ever Rugby World Cup win. 

    Sandy Park
  81. Post update

  82. Post update

    Tonga v Namibia (16:45 BST)

    Namibia are the Renford Rejects of the oval-shaped world. Turn up every week, pull on their jerseys with pride, then suffer a hammering. The lowest-ranked team in the tournament - which has a pool of just 1,080 blokes to choose from - has never tasted victory at a Rugby World Cup.

    And captain Jacques Burger - the Saracens tackle-machine - is desperate to quench his international thirst against Tonga today.

    "It remains our goal to win – it's not impossible,” he says. “We know how tough Tonga are as a rugby side. We want to win. Not to compete, but to win."

  83. Post update

    Tonga v Namibia (16:45 BST)

    Hello! And welcome to Match 21 of the Rugby World Cup. Match 21? Doesn't time fly when you're having fun.

    So what the bejesus has plankton got to do with hard hits, tear-inducing tackles and solid scrums? Well, because today we are going to see if Namibia - described as the plankton of this tournament by my esteemed colleague Ben Dirs - can earn their first World Cup win.

    Their chances? Some might say microscopic.

  84. Post update

    Plankton (pronunciation: plaŋ(k)t(ə)n) noun

    Small organisms that float or drift in great numbers in bodies of salt or fresh water. Plankton is a primary food source for many animals and consists of bacteria, protozoans, certain algae, tiny crustaceans such as copepods, and many other organisms.


    I know what you're asking yourself. "Have I just clicked on a GCSE science revision page?!"

    No you haven't. Wanting the Rugby World Cup? Don't worry, you're in the right place.