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Rugby fans from all over the world turned out in Newcastle city centre on Friday night, October 9, to see the New Zealand All Blacks beat Tonga 47-9 in the second World Cup match to be held on Tyneside.
The Tongan team have been training at St James' Park ahead of Friday's Rugby World Cup clash with New Zealand.
It will be the second of three matches being played in Newcastle during the tournament.
Scotland's Rugby World Cup team have been doing the Captain's Run at St James' Park this morning.
It's ahead of their Rugby World Cup match against Samoa on Saturday in Newcastle.
They lost their last match at the NUFC ground last Saturday 34 - 16 against South Africa.
New Zealand boss Steve Hansen has praised the sporting facilities available to his side in preparation for their Rugby World Cup match in Newcastle.
The All Blacks have been training at Darlington Mowden Park ahead their game against Tonga at St James' Park on Friday night.
Speaking at New Zealand's Team Announcement today, the Head Coach was very complementary about his team's training base and Newcastle's host venue.
The official Rugby World Cup Fan Zone in Newcastle will be closed for the next two days due to the bad weather.
It was due to host tonight’s games between Canada and Romania and Fiji and Uruguay as well as tomorrow’s games too.
Fans now won't be able to access the zone until Friday.
There is currently a yellow weather warning in place from the Met Office for the North East for heavy rain.
The legendary All Blacks have arrived in Newcastle, ahead of their Rugby World Cup match next weekend.
New Zealand will take on Tonga on 9 October at St James' Park.
They flew into Durham Tees Valley Airport last night, and will train at Darlington Mowden Park.
South Africa 34 - 16 Scotland
A strong performance from South Africa gave them the lead against Scotland at half time, but Scotland have made an excellent start to the second half.
Bismarck du Plessis got the opening try for the Springboks, after a lengthy stoppage by the television match official. Handre Pollard's conversion gave them a seven point lead.
Pollard kicked two penalties to extend the lead, before Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw pulled three points back, bringing it to 13-3.
South Africa tight-head prop Jannie du Plessis then clattered Fraser Brown in the ruck, and was sent to the sin-bin.
The penalty was too far out for Jedburgh's Laidlaw, who fell short.
Then, on the stroke of half time, South Africa's dreaded rolling maul heaved into action.
As the Scots tried desperately to fight back, the ball was moved out the back and JP Pietersen had a simple finish.
The conversion was easy for Pollard, sending the Springboks into the break 20-3 up.
Shortly after the restart scrum-half Greig Laidlaw scored another penalty, and in the 48th minute Tommy Seymour sent St James' Park into raptures, finishing from close range after Duncan Weir embarked on a mazy run after stealing a pass.
Laidlaw converted, but Pollard pulled the Springboks ahead again with a drop goal, taking it to 23-13.
Greig Laidlaw then had a moment to forget, getting a yellow card for pulling down JP Pietersen as he tried to escape down the wing.
But far from panicking, Scotland closed the gap further - Duncan Weir's penalty bringing it back to 23-16.
South Africa hit back instantly with another Pollard penalty restoring the ten point lead, and yet another taking it to 29-16.
Then, in the 72nd minute, South Africa looked to have wrapped up the victory when Habana dived across the line on the left wing, before Scotland could push him into touch.
The Springboks held on to beat Scotland 34-16.
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