Woolf makes history as Tonga beat world champions

Saints’ new Head Coach Kristian Woolf made history as he led his Tonga Invitational XIII to an historic 16-12 victory over world champions Australia on Saturday.

Woolf, who arrives in the UK late next week, got the better of Great Britain last weekend before leading his Tongan side to another giant killing this time around.

Over his five years as coach of Tonga, Woolf has improved the nation’s world ranking from 14th to 4th and this historic victory is only going to improve that ranking further whilst it will sure get Saints fans excited ahead of his arrival.

It wasn’t such good news for Saints Alex Walmsley and Jonny Lomax who were on the wrong end of a 12-8 defeat to New Zealand in Auckland.

Lomax started and looked dangerous at full back after he replaced Lachlan Coote in the 17 whilst Walmsley impressed off the bench.


Saint Kevin Naiqama captained Fiji to a 44-18 win over Samoa and the powerful centre also got over for a try in the process.

Our Saints Acseemy also ended their Australian tour with a hard fought 34-22 win over Penrith Panthers with the tries coming from Dodd (2), Bennison, Sambou, Sumner and McDaid! We will have the full report and highlights online shortly.


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