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|2019 Rugby World Cup Pool B|
|France (17) 23|
|Tries:Vakatawa, RakaCons:Ntamack (2)Pens:Ntamack (3)|
|Tonga: (7) 21|
|Tries: Takulua, Hingano, KapeliCons:Takulua (2), Fosita|
France will play England to decide who tops Pool C on Saturday after they finally subdued a battling Tonga.
France put in a characteristically fitful display – racing into a 17-point lead before being reeled in, then rallying before a late Tonga try set up a frantic finale.
However, Damian Penaud reclaimed Camille Lopez’s restart to end the underdogs’ hopes of snatching a win.
Pool C’s winners will face the runners-up in Pool D in the last eight.
Australia look the most likely to finish second in Pool D, while Wales will top that group if they can negotiate matches against Uruguay and Fiji.
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France head coach Jacques Brunel said his side would “need to go back to basics” before facing England to determine who will top the pool.
“We wanted a bigger scoreline but because of handling errors we were not able to achieve that,” he said.
Those comments were echoed by stand-in captain Jefferson Poirot, who said his side “have a lot of work to do”.
“England are tough and we know how difficult it will be,” he said.
France make it three from three
France, with a third different half-back combination in as many matches, started the game at a canter as powerful centre Virimi Vakatawa went over from Alivereti Raka’s one-handed pass.
When scrum-half Baptiste Serin spotted a unmarked Raka and the chance to tap and go for a second score, Jacques Brunel’s side were 17-0 up after 35 minutes.
But, just as in their opening match against A
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