18 Nov 2016

Sport: Consistent selections made as Tonga seek another win

1:24 pm on 18 November 2016

The Tongan rugby team has made just the one change to their lineup which beat Spain to take on the USA this weekend.

Leicester star Telusa Veainu starts at fullback with David Halaifonua pushed back to the bench by coach Toutai Kefu.

Nottingham RFC v Tonga. Telusa Veainu skips through an attempted tackle from Nottingham scrum-half Darryl Veenendaal. 2015

Veainu in action for Tonga against Nottingham RFC in 2015 Photo: Photosport

Last week the team beat Spain 28-13 and Kefu said it wasn't a great performance.

"We left a lot of points out on the field. We committed way too many errors. Over 20 turnovers, 95 percent of those were unforced turnovers, so a lot of mistakes. I think you can put it down to probably first time playing together, limited preparation, so I am expecting a far more polished performance this week."

Despite the lacklustre performance, Kefu indicated it was important to maintain consistency of selection.

"My selection policy is that we want to win so we want to choose close to our best squad that we have available to us. I believe at this moment, that is probably the best squad that we can probably put on the field"

Kefu said the 'Ikale Tahi Tonga needs to improve set piece play to produce a satisfactory effort.

Prop Ben Tameifuna is still recovering from illness but Kefu said he will hopefully be available for their final tour match against Italy.

The Tongan team training in Spain November 2016.

The Tongan team training in Spain Photo: Tonga Rugby Union

1 Tevita Mailau Felemea

2 Paula Ngauamo Vaini

3 Halanukonuka Hoi

4 Steve Mafi 'Ahau

5 Joe Tu'ineau

6 Dan Faleafa

7 Jack Ram

8 Tevita Koloamatangi

9 Sonatane Takulua

10 Kali Hala

11 Fetu'u Vainikolo

12 Latiume Fosita

13 Siale Piutau (c)

14 Nafi Tu'itavake

15 Telusa Veainu

Replacements: Elvis Taione, Paea Fa'anunu, Sila Puafisi, Valentino Mapapalangi, Kotoni Ale, Tomasi Palu, Tevita Taufui, David Halaifonua