15 Aug 2011

Sport: Maka pleased with performance despite loss

10:48 am on 15 August 2011

Tongan coach Isitolo Maka was accentuating the positives despite his sides 27-12 loss to Fiji in their rugby international in Lautoka on Saturday.

The Flying Fijians enacted some revenge for their defeat by the Ikale Tahi last month, with a strong first half showing setting up the victory.

Vereniki Goneva followed on from his strong showing against the All Blacks, finding the line once again, as fullback Kini Murimurivalu and Rupeni Nasiga added tries of their own, to give the home team a 21-5 lead at the break.

Isitolo Maka says despite the scoreline he was pleased with the way his team played the game.

"I thought we had all the play. We play the ball a lot more than Fiji did and I thought when we made mistakes then Fiji capitalised on it and they scored from it but, you know, I think our decision making, execution, was not on but I was really happy with the way we played because we created so many space but we didn't really finish them off."

Isitolo Maka says there will be changes to his squad for Friday's second test to ensure everyone gets one final chance before he names his Rugby World Cup squad.