Tongan coach Mana Otai believes the Ikale Tahi have it in them to beat the Kiwis. Photo: Planet Rugby
Tonga head coach Mana Otai still firmly believes his men can shock New Zealand when the two sides play tomorrow morning (Friday evening UK time).
The only win for Otai’s side so far has come against Namibia, but they did shock France four years ago and Otai believes that win shows what Tonga are capable of.
Tonga’s hopes of moving to the knock out stage of the competition was snuffed out by Argentina. Photo: Planet Rugby
All three Pacific island teams look set to make an early exit from the 2015 Rugby World Cup after mediocre performances for the first three weeks of the competition.
Fiji after being crowned the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup champions in August lost all of their first three matches against England, Australia and Wales before winning their last match against Uruguay.
Tongan prop Halani Aulika calls for Ikale Tahi to play running game. Photo: Planet Rugby
Tonga prop Halani Aulika said there would be a paradigm shift when his team play against Namibia in a Pool C fixture at Sandy Park tomorrow morning.
Aulika, who was on the field for 64 minutes during that surprising defeat against Georgia in their opening World Cup match, said the onus would now be on Tonga to take the initiative.
The direct approach adopted against Georgia simply did not work under the circumstances.
Waisea Nayacalecu scores a try for Fiji against Tonga. Photo: Zoomfiji
Fiji get off to a flying start against tenacious Tonga
The goal kicking of test debutant Ben Volavola proves the difference as Fiji edge Tonga 30-22 in the opening game of the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup 2015.
Fiji and Tonga set the tone for what promises to be a full-blooded and highly competitive World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup 2015 with a typically physical and entertaining encounter in humid conditions in Suva.
Crusaders-bound test rookie Ben Volavola fully justified his selection at fly-half with an impressive display of goal-kicking that brought him a personal haul of 15 points through three penalties and three conversions.
Tongan scrumhalf Taniela Moa scored a brace against Georgia. Photo: Planet Rugby
Tonga scored three tries in the final quarter as they came from behind to beat Georgia 23-9 in Tbilisi on Saturday.
Trailing 9-6 on the hour mark, the Islanders turned on the gas, scoring three unanswered tries in 12 minutes to kick off their European tour with a bang.
Ben bides time to make up his mind to go black or red. Photo: Skysports
Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna has changed his mind about playing for Tonga and now hopes to play for New Zealand instead.
Tameifuna, who was in the All Blacks training squad in 2012, was originally selected for Tonga’s end of year tour which consists of away Tests against Georgia, the United States and Scotland.
Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna charges forward. Photo: Skysports
Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna is looking to conclude his push to play for New Zealand and instead don the shirt of Tonga in November and the RWC.
The 23-year-old was in the All Blacks training squad in 2012 but hasn’t yet made his debut due to fitness concerns expressed by Steve Hansen.