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Summary

  1. Result: New Zealand 47-9 Tonga (St James' Park)
  2. NZ tries - B. Smith, Woodcock, Milner-Skudder (2), Williams, Cane, Nonu
  3. NZ win the group with victory, Argentina also qualify
  4. All Black centre Ma'a Nonu wins his 100th cap
  5. Click speaker button to listen to 5 live sports extra commentary

Live Reporting

By James Standley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Over the hill? You decide...

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at St James' Park

    "Difficult to know what to make of the All Blacks so far in this tournament. It might be that we look back and say they were over the hill, and that's why they didn't win it. 

    "Or it might be that we look and back say the 'minnows' are just a lot better than they used to be. I think it might be the latter."

    You canread Ben's match report from St James' Park here and with that I bid you goodnight.

  2. 'Tonga did their country proud'

    New Zealand 47-9 Tonga

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Latiume Fosita sits in front of the celebrating All Blacks
    Quote Message: Tonga were terrific, a joy to watch. They played with huge spirit, huge guts and huge determination. They did their country proud. My man of match was Latiume Fosita. He was magnificent. It wasn't New Zealand's most convincing performance but they ran out very comfortable winners in the end."
  3. BOD's impressed

    New Zealand 47-9 Tonga

    Irish great Brian O'Driscoll thinks the All Blacks look ominous.

  4. Post update

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  5. Full-time

    New Zealand 47-9 Tonga

    Ma'a Nonu and Nehe Milner-Skudder

    The game comes to a tame end as Sonny Bill Williams sends a stabbed grubber into touch...

    That's seven tries for the world champions though and after a tough first half they won with some ease in Newcastle. 

  6. Into the red numbers

    Time for one more?

  7. Pitch perfect?

    New Zealand 47-9 Tonga

    The only thing taking a bigger battering than the Tonga defence is the pitch...

    Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren will not be impressed as it has cut up badly. The bad news for McClaren and Newcastle? Scotland play Samoa on it on Saturday.

    St James' Park
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  9. 'Deserved'

    New Zealand 47-9 Tonga

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Ma'a Nonu celebrates with Sonny Bill Williams
    Quote Message: When you win 100 caps you are deserving of a try. Nonu took it very well against some tired bodies in the Tonga side. New Zealand are capable of scoring some terrific tries when the game becomes as open as it has."
  10. Try - Nonu

    New Zealand 47-9 Tonga

    Ma'a Nonu scores a try

    And it's the perfect finale! A couple of raking passes, Nehe Milner-Skudder hits the jets and Ma'a Nonu celebrates his 100th cap by racing down the right to score.

    Dan Carter - the all-time leading points scorer in Test history - misses the conversion from the touchline.

  11. Last knockings...

    So can New Zealand finish things off with another try, or can Tonga give the fans in Newcastle something to cheer about?

  12. New Zealand 42-9 Tonga

    Judging by the cheers, the stewards have just pulled off the tackle of the day on a pitch-invader. 

    The commentator duly confirms that is the case but no pictures - we don't want to encourage this sort of thing after all.

  13. Converted try - Cane, con Carter

    New Zealand 42-9 Tonga

    Sam Cane scores a try

    This could be a long 10 minutes for Tonga... and no sooner do I write that than Sam Cane goes over for the world champions.

  14. Rugby is a game of territory

    New Zealand 35-9 Tonga

    Tonga might be edging possession, but there is only one team dictating this match.

    New Zealand have the ball where it matters, in the Tonga half, and it is being reflected on the scoreboard.

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  16. 'Upped their game'

    New Zealand 35-9 Tonga

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Quote Message: New Zealand have upped their game. It's almost like a different side. Both Ireland and France will be keen to avoid them in the quarter-finals."
  17. Sin-bin - Ngauamo

    New Zealand 35-9 Tonga

    Paula Ngauamo performs an illegal tackle on Dan Carter

    They took some time to charge up the battery but New Zealand are finally gliding smoothly across the ground...

    Dan Carter is doing just that when he is unceremoniously and illegally dumped to the ground by replacement Tonga hooker Paula Ngauamo, who is duly sin-binned.

  18. Converted try - Williams, con Carter

    New Zealand 35-9 Tonga

    Sonny Bill Williams celebrates with Aaron Smith

    And try Sonny Bill... Aaron Smith opened the door, the scrum-half picking from the base and tracking across the field to draw the defence before flicking a delightful pass behind him.

    Williams is on hand and he canters over untouched. 

  19. Enter Sonny Bill...

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at St James' Park

    Sonny Bill Williams comes on as a replacement and gets the biggest cheer of the evening at St James' Park, making one wish every rugby league convert was as successful in union...

  20. 'Retallick has made a difference'

    New Zealand 28-9 Tonga

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Quote Message: That was very good. It all started with Ben Smith charging into the restart by Dan Carter. I tell you who has made a difference... replacement lock Brodie Retallick. He's added some spark to this side."
  21. Converted try - Milner-Skudder, con Carter

    New Zealand 28-9 Tonga

    Nehe Milner-Skudder scores a try

    Tonga appear to have angered New Zealand. They regain the kick-off through Ben Smith, pass left and Beauden Barrett dabs a kick through for Nehe Milner-Skudder to grab his second.

  22. Penalty - Morath

    New Zealand 21-9 Tonga

    Kurt Morath kicks a penalty

    That's the 10th penalty conceded by New Zealand on the night - not great discipline from the world champions that.

    Kurt Morath to go for goal... and Tonga are back within two converted tries of the All Blacks.

  23. 'Effective All Blacks'

    New Zealand 21-6 Tonga

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Nehe Milner-Skudder
    Quote Message: New Zealand have done what is says on the tin. Let's be honest, they are not playing great rugby but they have been effective."
  24. Converted try - Milner-Skudder, con Carter

    New Zealand 21-6 Tonga

    Nehe Milner-Skudder scores a try

    It had to come. New Zealand were onto their second advantage right under the sticks when they shipped it wide...

    Nehe Milner-Skudder stepped off that piston-like right foot and Fetu'u Vainikolo could do nothing to prevent the try.

  25. 'Battling Tonga'

    New Zealand 14-6 Tonga

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Kieran Read is tackled
    Quote Message: It's amazing to think that if Tonga had been awarded a penalty try just before half time they would have been within a point of New Zealand. It would have been no more than they deserved."
  26. New Zealand 14-6 Tonga

    Richie McCaw

    Nervous, All Black fans? This might help, your team are hammering away on the Tonga line...

  27. Penalty - Morath

    New Zealand 14-6 Tonga

    Up steps Kurt Morath...  and over goes the kick! Tonga back within eight and the force is currently very much with them.

  28. New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

    Siale Piutau tries to catch a pass

    Here come Tonga again... brutal collision after brutal collision... and they work a four-man overlap! But their skills let them down at the death...

    We come back for a penalty for the All Blacks going off their feet at a ruck though...

  29. Ben Smith leads the way

    New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

    New Zealand's Ben Smith is the stand-out player so far tonight.

    He has run the most with ball in hand - 77m - from 11 carries and most importantly has scored a try.

    Ben Smith
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    Some of you are not happy with the referee's refusal to further punish New Zealand's scrum at the end of the first half...

  31. New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

    Peep goes the whistle, up goes the ball and we're under way for the second half at St James' Park...

    New Zealand immediately string together a decent attack but after Ben Smith knifes through, the world champions are penalised for holding on at the ruck. 

  32. Poor All Black discpline

    New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

    Penalties are costing the All Blacks, who have conceded seven to Tonga's two.

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  33. Post update

    New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

    The St James' Park pitch is tearing up tonight and with Samoa against Scotland coming up tomorrow at the stadium it will need some serious TLC before Newcastle's Premier League match against Norwich on 18 October.

  34. New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at St James' Park

    Steve Hansen will be spewing, as they say in his parts, with that All Blacks first-half performance. The Tongan pack have got New Zealand on the run and when they got their rolling maul going, All Blacks scattered like skittles.  

  35. All Blacks on the back foot

    New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

    Tonga end the half in the ascendancy and have begun to dominate the possession stats.

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  37. Post update

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  38. 'Referee not brave enough'

    New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    John Lacey
    Quote Message: Tonga were camped on the line for the last three or four minutes. It looked for all the world they were going to score and I think the referee got himself in a muddle. He wasn't brave enough after three or four scrum collapses to award a penalty."
  39. Turnover trouble for ABs

    New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

    New Zealand may have scored two tries but turnovers (they have conceded seven) are hurting the All Blacks and it is an area they will want to tighten up. Tonga may be behind but they are making fewer mistakes, conceding only three turnovers.

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  40. Half-time - no try

    New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

    A member of ground staff tends to the pitch

    No try rules the TMO, no luck for Tonga.

    They deserved a score for their efforts and New Zealand will count themselves very, very lucky not to have conceded a try then.

    The Tongans probably got it over the line but there was no evidence they got it down.  

  41. Try review

    New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

    John Lacey reviews a try decision

    Tonga putting New Zealand under all sorts of pressure... twice they go down for the scrum, twice New Zealand are penalised...

    Now they have to move it and they're a yard away, now a foot, now inches... and now are they over?

  42. Sin-bin - Read

    New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

    Tonga on the rampage! They win the line-out and rumble a driving maul to right in front of the New Zealand posts...

    The All Blacks take it down illegally - Kieran Read is sent to the sin bin...

    Kieran Read
  43. Trouble here?

    Ben Smith tackles Telusa Veainu

    Is Ben Smith in trouble after tackling Telusa Veainu? The All Black full-back is judged to have taken the Tonga winger's legs over the horizontal, but it's just a penalty, which Tonga kick to the corner...

  44. 'Predictable'

    New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Conrad Smith
    Quote Message: There was something predictable about that. New Zealand's players were thinking 'coach is not going to be happy here unless we get a try'. Too much pace and too much power for Tonga."
  45. Converted try - Woodcock, con Carter

    New Zealand 14-3 Tonga

    Tony Woodcock scores a try

    Four years ago his try won the World Cup for the All Blacks... this one isn't quite as momentous but prop Tony Woodcock still looks pretty chuffed as he batters over from close range. 

  46. 'Deserved'

    New Zealand 7-3 Tonga

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Quote Message: Tonga deserve to get three points on the board after that sustained period of pressure."
  47. Penalty - Morath

    New Zealand 7-3 Tonga

    It was an All Black prop pinged for not rolling away and Kurt Morath - not the most accurate from the tee this tournament - gets Tonga on the board. 

  48. New Zealand 7-0 Tonga

    A Tonga scrum

    Great scrum! Both sides lock it out and you can feel the power flowing through those spines. 

    If you want to know more about the primal nature of the scrum, then we've got just the thing for you here.

    Tonga finally move it off the back... and a sweeping move ends with a kickable penalty for the Pacific Island nation.

    Sonatane Takulua
  49. 'Too much expected'

    New Zealand 7-0 Tonga

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio radio 5 live sports extra

    Sam Whitelock
    Quote Message: I think sometimes we expect too much from New Zealand and expect them to overwhelm the opposition - particularly in the pool stages of a World Cup. You have to remember that this is the biggest game in the careers of some of these Tonga players and they are bound to raise their game."
  50. New Zealand 7-0 Tonga

    After a shaky start, New Zealand have begun to turn the screw and are playing the game firmly in Tonga's half of the pitch.

    Possession stats
  51. New Zealand 7-0 Tonga

    Nili Latu caught with his hand in the sweety jar as he goes off his feet right in front of the referee. Naughty Nili.

    Dan Carter kicks the penalty to the corner. Try number two on its way?

    Nope, Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith combine to mess it up. That does not happen often.

  52. Smith and Smith

    New Zealand 7-0 Tonga

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    New Zealand players celebrate
    Quote Message: Right at the heart of everything in that move was Conrad Smith...fantastic hands."
  53. Converted try - B Smith, con Carter

    New Zealand 7-0 Tonga

    Ben Smith scores a try

    The first of many? Ben Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Kieran Read and Conrad Smith combine in a blur of quick hands down the narrow side and the latter flips a pass back inside for namesake Ben to cruise over. 

  54. 'Fewer errors than New Zealand'

    New Zealand 0-0 Tonga

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Dan Carter dives for the ball
    Quote Message: All credit to Tonga for the way they have approached this game. We've seen a lot of short, sharp passes from them and, at this moment in time, they are making far fewer mistakes than New Zealand."
  55. New Zealand 0-0 Tonga

    A Tonga scrum

    First scrum, and after it the pitch looks like it's been attacked by wild boar. One for Forest of Dean-based readers there.

    We go again... and it's a penalty to Tonga as they get the nudge on!

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  57. New Zealand 0-0

    Tonga and New Zealand players compete for the ball

    A bit scrappy at the moment, both sides kicking away possession and defences dominating.

    Reigning champions New Zealand hammer away but great work at the breakdown wins Tonga a turnover.

  58. 'Bright Tonga start'

    New Zealand 0-0 Tonga

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Vungakoto Lilo
    Quote Message: What a bright start by Tonga. They look a fantastic side, very organised, and had New Zealand on the back foot. But the All Blacks don't panic. They just take their time and reorganise."
  59. New Zealand 0-0 Tonga

    They are getting stuck in, the Tongans, not that you'd expect anything less.

    They turn over the All Blacks yet again...

  60. New Zealand 0-0 Tonga

    Ma'a Nonu

    If New Zealand are a Tesla Roadster - fast, silent, engineered with cutting-edge precision - then Tonga are a pick-up truck. With a turbo under the bonnet.

    They hit hard in attack and defence, and it's the latter at the moment as the All Blacks click into gear.  

  61. New Zealand 0-0 Tonga

    And we're under way. Hold on to your hats folks, this will get physical.

  62. 'Tank'

    New Zealand v Tonga (20:00 BST)

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Ma'a Nonu
    Quote Message: Ma'a Nonu just looks the strongest man imaginable. He's a tank. It's a huge achievement to reach the 100-cap milestone. I am sure he will want to mark it with a couple of tries."
  63. 'Geordie hospitality'

    New Zealand v Tonga (kick-off 20:00 BST)

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at St James' Park

    A New Zealand fan

    "Jam-packed in St James' Park this evening and Newcastle has been crawling with All Blacks fans all afternoon. Old United haunts such as The Strawberry and the Irish club, which are packed to the rafters on Premier League match day, have been opening their doors to that other almighty team in black and white, and shovelling plenty of Geordie hospitality down their necks."

  64. Challenge accepted

    New Zealand v Tonga (kick-off 20:00 BST)

    Fans mimic the haka

    Both sides always offer a pre-match challenge in the form of a war dance.

    First up Tonga's Sipi Tau...

    And it's immediately answered by the All Blacks' Ka Mate haka.  

    Chills? Me too...

    The haka
  65. 'New Zealand too classy'

    New Zealand v Tonga (20:00 BST)

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Kieran Read
    Quote Message: Tonga's players have pride to play for and a nation watching them back home. It has been a mixed campaign and I expect them to come out very hard and be competitive. But I expect the class of New Zealand to show through in the end."
  66. Statuesque

    New Zealand v Tonga (20:00 BST)

    Tonga made plenty of new fans following their stay in Exeter earlier in the tournament.

    The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter have tweeted this picture...

  67. 100 not out for Nonu

    New Zealand v Tonga (20:00 BST)

    The big news is the hundred up for Ma'a Nonu. With Sonny Bill Williams impressing so far, Nonu will be looking to confirm he's the man in possession of the number 12 shirt.

    Ma'a Nonu
  68. Tonga team

    Tonga team
  69. New Zealand team

    Let's have a look at the teams then shall we...

    New Zealand team
  70. Any hope for Tonga?

    New Zealand v Tonga (20:00 BST)

    New Zealand v Tonga
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    Know any other top level athletes who love a bit of guy-liner? Got a feeling Tonga are going to turn over the All Blacks? Just want to say hi?

    Then tweet away using #bbcrugby - looking forward to hearing from you. 

  72. On the radio

    New Zealand v Tonga (20:00 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Ma'a Nonu complete with eye-liner

    For those of you wonder just why Sara has dialled up the make-up tonight, All Black centenarian Nonu has spoken in the past about wearing eye-liner during matches. 

    Radio coverage starts at 19:45 BST. Joining Sara in the commentary box will be former Scotland and British and Irish Lions full-back Gavin Hastings.

  73. Pool C

    New Zealand v Tonga (20:00 BST)

    The only team to deny New Zealand a bonus point so far is Argentina.

    Were Tonga to win with a bonus point tonight then they could, mathematically, edge out the Pumas for the second quarter-final spot - although that would take an Argentina disaster against Namibia on Sunday.

    Realistically - and it's still the remotest of shots - Tonga are aiming to displace Georgia for third in order to guarantee a spot at RWC 2019 in Japan.

    Pool C table
  74. Remember 2011...

    New Zealand v Tonga (kick-off 20:00 BST)

    Japan may have claimed the prize for biggest ever Rugby World Cup upset after humbling South Africa, but let's not forget it was Tonga who they displaced.

    Four years ago the Tongans stunned France 19-14 in a huge upset.

    They couldn't pull off an even bigger shock tonight could they?

    Tonga celebrate their 2011 win over France
  75. Racing certainties?

    New Zealand v Tonga (kick-off 20:00 BST)

    Up until three weeks ago I would have been tempted to say 'New Zealand will beat Tonga', rather than 'if'.

    But then Japan went and beat the Boks and the old certainties went out of the window.

  76. Hiding in the shadows

    New Zealand v Tonga (kick-off 20:00 BST)

    The New Zealand team

    They have been a shadowy presence so far at the 2015 World Cup, and not just because of their black-down-to-the-soles-of-their-boots new kit.

    Overshadowed by the untimely exit of hosts England and the heroics of Springbok-slaying Japan, world champions New Zealand have eased through Pool C.

    Already certain of a last-eight spot, they will top the group if they beat Tonga today. 

  77. Hello!

    New Zealand v Tonga (kick-off 20:00 BST)

    New Zealand fans

    Friday night lights, a packed St James' Park and one of the finest sports teams on the planet.

    If that doesn't get the old ticker beating just a touch faster then you're probably better off watching EastEnders, although maybe Channel 5's '41 dogs in a three-bed semi' is more your style.

    And if that is the case, then what on earth are you doing here? Madness.