RWC 2015

Jack Ram leads Tonga past Namibia

Jack Ram bagged two tries to help Tonga with a thrilling 35-21 victory over Namibia on Tuesday, putting a disappointing start to the World Cup behind them. Ram’s father, Samuel Santa Ram is an Indo-Fijian from Tavua, while his mother is Tongan. Ram was born in Australia, and his parents moved to Tonga when he was 3 to […]

Navin Kumar

October 1, 2015 12:38 pm

Jack Ram bagged two tries to help Tonga with a thrilling 35-21 victory over Namibia on Tuesday, putting a disappointing start to the World Cup behind them.

Ram’s father, Samuel Santa Ram is an Indo-Fijian from Tavua, while his mother is Tongan. Ram was born in Australia, and his parents moved to Tonga when he was 3 to start a business there.

After going down 17-10 to Georgia, Tonga showed their true colours against an outpowered Namibia, who are now winless in 17 World Cup matches.

But Namibia also got three tries and feel their first World Cup point is getting closer.

Led by Australian-born sevens specialist Ram, the South Sea islanders scored five tries to bag a bonus point that could be vital in their battle with Georgia for third place in Pool C and automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup.

While Tonga mathematically remain in the hunt for second place, they have still to play heavyweights New Zealand and Argentina.

Tonga winger Telusa Veainu also got a brace of tries while Latiume Fosita crossed for another. Vunga Lilo hit two conversions and a penalty, and Kurt Morath a late penalty. Namibia hit back with a first-half try from Johan Tromp and two Jacques Burger pushovers in the second. Theuns Kotze converted all three.

“We lost to Georgia when a lot of families, friends and fans expected us to win that,” said Tonga captain Siale Piutau.

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