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'Ikale Tahi looking to make history by beating Wales

16 June 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

'Ikale Tahi are looking to make history tonight against Wales, as part of the Pasifika Challenge. 

The Tongan side has never won a game against the Welsh and it will be their first and last game against a tier-one nation this year.

'Ikale Tahi's last run before the big game against Wales. Photo/ PRN.

'Ikale Tahi Captain Siale Piutau says the pressure is on but they won't let it get to them.

 "With the short amount of time we've had to prepare, we're going to focus on ourselves and our own individual roles and that's how we're gonna approach it tomorrow," says Piutau.

'Ikale Tahi beat USA, Spain and Italy last year, during their European Tour in November.

Piutau is confident those wins have given them enough to beat the Welsh.

"It's given us a boost so some of the boys have brought that experience to this campaign," he says. 

'Ikale Tahi Captain Siale Piutau. Photo/ PRN.

Meanwhile the Tongan Aotearoa Amateur Sports Association is rallying the Pacific community to support their teams by attending the test matches. 

Samoa and Tonga's rugby unions will receive a financial boost if ticket sales pass a certain number, at the stadium of 46,000 seats. 

'Ikale Tahi's coach Toutai Kefu says however, that his boys aren't just playing to get paid. 

"They love playing for Tonga," he says. "Most of the time they come at their own expense."

Coach of the 'Ikale Tahi team, Toutai Kefu. Photo/ PRN.

Initially the game was set to be held in Tonga's Teufaiva Stadium however, it is still in the process of refurbishment. 

Kefu says it's unfortunate, but the hospitality and support of the Tongan community in New Zealand makes up for it. 

"People say there's more Tongans here than in Tonga so it's a home game for us." 

Kick-off will be at 5:30pm today, before Manu Samoa face the All Blacks at 8pm.

'Ikale Tahi. Photo/ PRN. 

Tags: 'Ikale Tahi, Pasifika Challenge, Siale Piutau, Toutai Kefu,