Tonga Men win bronze

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The Bronze medal is now Tonga's after a emphatic straight sets win against a tough New Caledonia team. Tonga started well getting 3 points in succession. Jonathan Taoupoulou led New Caledonia back into the match with a number of great smashes and deft ball control, leveling the match 7 all.It was then a tit for tat game with one team team answering back with points after the other has scored. Tonga got some ascendancy with Kama making some good shots and Wea of NC making a few crucial mistakes. Tonga was able to hang on to their lead to win the first set 21-19.
The second set saw the Tonga get and early lead only for a brace of mistakes from Tio Fonohema gave New Caledonia the lead. Tonga were able to keep just ahead of New Caledonia with Tio Fonohema providing the goods, smashing and placing the ball out of reach of New Caledonia to finally win the set and match 21-16. Kama Manulevu was pivotal in Tonga's win with his breathtaking saves at the back and his ability to keep the ball in play. Jonathan Taoupoulou had a great match with strong smashes and line shots against Tonga.
Congratulations to Tonga for winning the Bronze and to New Caledonia for a well played match.


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