The Tongan Invitational XIII built on their narrow win over Great Britain last week by stunning the World Champions Australia at Eden Park.
The Kangaroos were coming off the back of a comfortable 26-4 over New Zealand last time out and led the Mate Ma’a 12-6 at half time, thanks to converted tries from Jack Wighton and Paul Vaughan cancelling out Will Hopoate’s opening score.
Kristian Woolf’s men then lifted again and kept the Aussies scoreless in the second half, with a try to Michael Jennings cutting the gap to two before Brisbane powerhouse Tevita Pangai Jr went over for a converted score to give the Tongan’s a famous victory.
It is the first time Australia have been defeated by a nation other than New Zealand, England or Great Britain in 41 years and further cements Tonga as one of the leading sides in international rugby league.
Prior to this game, Fiji overcame Samoa with a comfortable 44-18 win and New Zealand narrowly triumphed over Great Britain 12-8.