New Zealand were under pressure from the Tongans in the first half and lead 14-6 at halftime. The second half was a different story with the New Zealanders showing more class, speed and fitness than their Pacific cousins. The highlight was Ma’a Nonui scoring a try in his 100th test for New Zealand.
Also pleasing was Dan Carter’s goal kicking and general around the paddock play. This was not New Zealand at its best. Tonga, especially in the first half, dominated the scrum (take note opposing quarter finalists!) and gave the Kiwis a solid workout before the business end of the tournament.