Tonga (@2.25) vs Great Britain (@1.67)
26-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Great Britain will win

Tonga – Great Britain Match Prediction | 26-10-2019 03:00

Lolohea, who plays for Salford in the Super League, needs to fire for the men in red to win. Soon-to-be Raiders No.7 George Williams started in the halves for all three England Test in the 2-1 series win over the Kiwis this time last year. So flexing his abilities against the new combo of Tuimoala Lolohea and Ata Hingano could plant the seeds for success.

He was vital in the 2017 World Cup run and from the nine matches he's played for Tonga, he's won six. He won the Bulldogs player of the year award, and then was named in the RLPA's "Dream Team 13" for 2019. The focus often surrounds forwards like Andrew Fifita, Jason Taumalolo and Tevita Pangai jnr, but Will Hopoate could be the game-changer at fullback.

He secured Tongas first win against Fiji since 2011 last year.Were in a tough pool, theres no doubt about it, Kefu has said ahead of the tournament.We just need to get together and believe in what were doing and believe that we can make it. Toutai Kefu.Sixty times an Australian international, Kefu won the World Cup with the Wallabies in 1999. He has been head coach of his native Tonga since 2016 and done well to manage a squad that has been plagued by unavailability and inconsistency.

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In the end the extra quality of Britain should shine through, especially in the creativity of both squads as whilst Tonga are strong in the forwards, there central spine continues to be there let down. BG have extra quality throughout with only 2-3 Tongans likely to make the ions squad but they will paly with passion and that will keep things close for the opening 40-50 minutes.

The Tongan forwards are big men but the Lions have plenty of experience and cunning. Don't forget James Graham and Gareth Widdop didn't have such a great time with the Dragons this season, so there could be some pent-up emotion there too. The Canberra Raiders core of the Lions might still be smarting over the NRL grand final loss and could help them here.

BG have extra quality throughout with only 2-3 Tongans likely to make the ions squad but they will paly with passion and that will keep things close for the opening 40-50 minutes. In the end the extra quality of Britain should shine through, especially in the creativity of both squads as whilst Tonga are strong in the forwards, there central spine continues to be there let down.