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Tonga v Lebanon Rugby League World Cup predictions, betting tips & match preview: Tonga set for first World Cup semi-final

  • Tonga take on Lebanon in the World Cup on Saturday
  • Both sides aiming to reach first World Cup semi-final
Tonga face Lebanon on Saturday (credit: GettyImages)

Tonga target a place in the Rugby League World Cup semi-finals for the first time on Saturday afternoon when they face Lebanon in Christchurch.

Tonga v Lebanon Prediction


Tonga v Lebanon Preview and Tips


Can Tonga back up their big win over New Zealand by reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in history?

It’s hard to see them stopping now. Tonga have generated significant momentum in the group stage, demolishing Samoa and Scotland before registering an emotional come-from-behind win over New Zealand - creating one of the greatest scenes in World Cup history.

With Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita running the show up front, Tonga have a genuine chance of winning the World Cup title - something that didn’t seem remotely possible at the start of the tournament.

The smallest country at the World Cup with just 170,000 people, Tonga have been the story of the competition - and another chapter will be written on Saturday in Christchurch.

While Tonga are rightfully stealing all the headlines, Lebanon have also experienced a magical campaign, beating France to progress into the quarter-finals for the first time.

Lebanon - led by Mitchell Moses, Robbie Farah and Tim Mannah - were solid against Australia last week, holding the reigning champions to a 10-0 half-time lead before the Kangaroos kicked on for a 34-0 victory.

It’s been a spirited effort from the Lebanese team so far, but Tonga simply have too much firepower at their disposal. With a very real shot of making the final within their grasp, don’t expect Tonga to slip up now.

Tonga v Lebanon Stats


  • First ever meeting between the nations
  • Tonga aiming for first World Cup semi-final
  • Lebanon playing in first World Cup quarter-final

Tonga v Lebanon Teams


Tonga squad: 1. Will Hopoate 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Michael Jennings 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. David Fusitu’a 6. Tui Lolohea 7. Ata Hingano 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Sione Katoa 10. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Sika Manu (c) 13. Jason Taumalolo Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Sam Moa 16. Tevita Pangai Jnr. 17. Ben Murdoch-Masila Reserves: 18. Ukama Ta’ai 19. Joe Ofahengaue 20. Mahe Fonua 21. Samisoni Langi

Lebanon squad: 1. Anthony Layoun 2. Travis Robinson 3. James Elias 4. Adam Doueihi 5. Abbas Miski 6. Mitchell Moses 7. Robbie Farah (c) 8. Tim Mannah 9. Michael Lichaa 10. Alex Twal 11. Nick Kassis 12. Ahmad Ellaz 13. Jamie Clark 14. Mitchell Mamary 15. Ray Moujalli 16. Elias Sukkar 17. Jason Wehbe 18. Andrew Kazzi 19. Chris Saab 20. Bilal Maarbani

Tonga v Lebanon Tips



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Tonga v Lebanon Rugby League World Cup predictions, betting tips & match preview: Tonga set for first World Cup semi-final

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