The NSW Waratahs Gen Blue team were almost unstoppable out wide as they comfortably accounted for the Australia Tonga Monimonu team 66-10 on Saturday at Forshaw Rugby Park, the home of the Southern Districts Rugby Union club.
The withdrawals of NRC calibre names like Brian Sefanaia, Finau Makamaka, and Martin Naufahu would ultimately come back to haunt the Tongans, as the backs struggled to cope with the unrelenting onslaught dished out by the talented Gen Blue backs.
NSW back line general, Jono Lance was constantly able to unleash dangerous outsides Ben Volavola, Andrew Kellaway, and Jim Stewart, and all three were able to find the line multiple times to the dismay of the brave Tongan backs.
In the first half, after earning a scrum opportunity 22 metres out from the NSW line, a clever chip by make shift fly half Sam Satui, allowed winger Naki Pakalani to take advantage of a spill by a wrong footed Volavola to dot down, ensuring the Tongans would at least not be going home empty handed.
In the second half, the Tongans would again touch down when prop Dave Feao was able to barge his way over the line from close range.
Despite the score line blowing out, there are still a lot of positives to be taken from this historic inaugural game.
The most notable being the effort of the forwards. In a sport where success is so reliant on the burly boys up front, the Tongan forwards were still able to gain parity up front with Dave Feao, Tonga Ma’afu, Maile Ngauamo and Felise Taufaao absolutely outstanding at still being able to provide a solid enough platform for their fellow forwards and backs to launch offensive and defensive efforts from.
Non stop Captain George Lolo and the explosive wrecking machine Rutikha ‘Ilolahia from the Canberra Tongan community also put in valiant efforts from a well beaten team.
Moving forward, the task now, will be to continue unearthing backline propects in the future to counter balance the seemingly overflowing talent the Tongan community has in the forwards.
With branches in NSW, Melbourne, Queensland and the ACT, there is definitely an optimism that the task is not far from completion, now the door to this level of football has been opened for the community.