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Tonga chalked up their first win of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand on Wednesday.

The Pacific islanders beat the brave blossoms of Japan 31-18 in a thrilling encounter in Whangarei.

Tonga flyhalf Kurth Morath making the difference with his boot scoring 16 points after both teams scored three tries.

Tonga move up to third in pool A behind France and New Zealand who lock horns on Saturday at Eden Park in Auckland in a game that should decide who goes through to the quarter finals as pool winner.

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