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Tonga vs. Samoa live score, updates, highlights & lineups from 2021 Rugby League World Cup

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Tonga and Samoa will square off on Sunday to see which of them will head through to the 2021 Rugby League World Cup semi-finals at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington.

Kristian Woolf’s side finished top of Group D after dodging a late scare from Papua New Guinea in their opener, and they will have their eyes set on a second last-four berth in successive tournaments.

But Matt Parish’s fellow Pacific Island nation are looking to buck the trend and live up to their dark-horse billing, after they recovered from a first-match humbling against England.

Both are determined to set up a rematch against the tournament hosts, but who will be heading through to face them at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in just under a week?

MORE: England vs. Papua New Guinea result, highlights as Tommy Makinson brilliance secures Rugby League World Cup semi-final spot

The Sporting News is following the match live, providing score updates and commentary below.

Tonga vs. Samoa live score

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Tonga vs. Samoa live updates, highlights from Rugby League World Cup

45 mins to KO: Both have had to overcome slow starts too. An undercooked Samoa were demolished on the opening day by a freewheeling England, while Tonga were pushed all the way by Papua New Guinea then. They’ve grown since then – and it sets up, on paper, an absolute blockbuster.

60 mins to KO: There’s history here. In 2017, a Tongan side flush with defected NRL talent saw off their Samoan rivals in the group stages of the RLWC, in a 32-18 win. Now, the latter have seen an influx of fresh names themselves – and both pack some of the most terrific players in the game.

75 mins to KO: Here we are then, at the business end of the last-eight – and what a tasty clash we have on our hands. After Australia and England blew out to progress, and New Zealand fought back against underdogs Fiji, we have the tournament’s two dark-horse contenders ready to square off.

90 mins to KO: Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup quarter-finals, as Tonga face off with Samoa at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington!

Tonga vs. Samoa lineups

How to watch Tonga vs. Samoa: TV channel, live stream

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