T Pole back for Tonga

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:36
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We have to go out there on Saturday and front up

Tongan coach Mana 'Otai has made a couple of changes to his team for 'Ikale Tahi's final test match during their current European Tour.

Hale T Pole replaces Sitiveni Mafi in the starting line-up and uncapped Kamaliele Sakalia of Marist Tonga, takes up a spot on the bench.

With just a couple of weeks until the World Cup seedings draw, Tonga is hoping to make a late surge.

The 'Ikale Tahi remained steady at 12th in the world after picking up their first win on tour against the United States last week.

They round out their tour against Scotland in Aberdeen this weekend and wing Fetu'u Vainikolo says it's another great opportunity to strengthen their ranking.

"That's the main reason why we are doing this to keep us up there to make it easier for us in the future but, right now, we've just got to focus on our job to go out there on Saturday and front up."
Tonga: 15 Vungakoto Lilo, 14 Fetu'u Vainikolo, 13 Sukanaivalu Hufanga, 12 Sione Piukala, 11 Will Helu, 10 Fangatapu 'Apikotoa, 9 Taniela Moa Vice captain, 8 Viliami Ma'afu, 7 Nili Latu (captain), 6 Hale T Pole, 5 Tukulua Lokotui, 4 Joe Tu'ineau, 3 Halani 'Aulika, 2 Elvis Taione, 1 Alisona Taumalolo.
Replacements: 16 Ilaisa Ma'asi, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Kamaliele Sakalia, 19 Sitiveni Mafi, 20 Sione Timani, 21 Viliame 'longi, 22 Eddie Paea, 23 Alipate Fatafehi.

Date: Saturday, November 24
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Kick-off: 15.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland) and Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO: Gareth Simmonds (Wales)