6 Apr 2007

Tonga will look to its power to beat Cook islands at IRB world champs

10:14 am on 6 April 2007

The Tonga rugby side will look to its power and strong scavenging ability when it takes on IRB Under 19 world champ debutant, the Cook Islands this weekend.

The pair will meet in a second pool B game after the Cook Islands lost its opening game to Chile 29-14 while Tonga out ran Uruguay 36-5.

The Uruguay coach, Martin Mendaro, says they leaked too much possession to the Tongans who were too strong at the contact area

Meanwhile Cook Islands coach, Ioaba Ezekiela, is disappointed with the sending off of captain Henry Strickland only two minutes into the second half against Chile.

While Strickland was sent off for stomping Ezekiela describes his captain's actions as simple rucking.