Rugby World Cup fixtures, scores and result: USA vs Tonga

The USA are on the brink of a dubious record. They will equal their World Cup record of 10 straight defeats if they fail against Tonga on Sunday – and as they played only four days ago the odds are against them.

The last match in Pool C may only decide fourth and fifth spots, but the standings belie these teams’ performances.

Both gave France a fight. USA trailed 12-9 in Fukuoka with under 15 minutes to play, but fell away to a 33-9 defeat.

Tonga have won eight of the teams’ previous nine meetings, their only defeat coming 20 years ago in San Francisco in their very first clash.

“When we stuck to what our plan was we were pretty good. When we went off script we weren’t,” said USA coach Gary Gold of the performances so far.

Stats and trivia

Both teams are on the cusp of unwanted records. If USA lose, they will match their worst run in Rugby World Cup games, 10 defeats in a row. The Pacific Islanders have already equalled their worst RWC run with five successive losses.

Tongan locks Sam Lousi and Leva Fifita have famous brothers. Sione Lousi played rugby league for Tonga. Vaea Fifita has 12 caps for New Zealand, but was omitted from their RWC squad due to injury.

Number eight Maama Vaipulu’s father Lemeki represented Tonga in the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987.

Form guide (most recent matches first)

USA: LLLWL

Tonga: LLLLL

Head-to-head:

Played 9 – US 1W – Tonga 8W

In the spotlight

Tonga captain Siale Piutau, who turns 34 on Sunday, has announced this will be his last international game, as has flanker Sione Kalamafoni.

Both are in their third World Cups and were in the side who beat France eight years ago. They will be setting a Tongan record by making their 12th appearances in the tournament.

USA vs Tonga: Rugby World Cup kick-off time and prediction

Kick off time: Early, but not too early. It will all kick off at 7:45 SAST on Sunday 13 October 2019. It will be live on SuperSport 1.

For the RWC, we’ll be using a prediction algorithm from a New Zealand anorak.

Prediction:  Despite the nuances, the algorithm has the USA down as favourites, but by the slim margin of a mere three points.

RWC 2019 live scores and result: USA vs Tonga

Additional reporting by AFP/World Rugby.

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