Support for Tongan team drops ahead of Lions game, but loyalty to Invitational side still there

‘Oku kei poupoua fefeka pe mo mālohi ‘a e timi Tonga pea ‘oku kei fakahikihiki’i pe ‘e he kau poupou faufaua ‘o e Mate Ma’a Tonga' e fānau va’inga' mo e faiako' neongo e ki’i tokosi’i ‘oku nau feinga holo ke uki hano poikoti e poupou ki he timi 'ofa'anga' ni’. Na’e talanoa tonu e Kanva’ mo e fa’ahinga he komiunitii’ pea kuo nau pehē kuo ‘ikai kei ma’u e fu’u tokolahi ia ne poupou he 2017 he ne fu’u fo’ou pe ‘aliaki ‘a e fānau' ia pea ko e ‘uluaki taimi ia ke a’usia ‘e Tonga ha ikuna pehē. Ko e ‘aho’ ni ‘oku foki pe kakai ki he angamaheni ‘o e mo’ui' ‘i he taimi tau ‘a e timi’ ka ko e poupou fefeka’ loto'aki mo e fakapuepue' ‘oku kei ‘i ai pe ia.

Kaniva comment The BBC has described Tongan fans as “sensational.” In a preview of tonight’s match in Hamilton the British  broadcaster said those who were in  Auckland in 2017 “for that spine-tingling semi-final between the Mate Ma’a and England will know exactly what to expect. There will be more of the same in Hamilton.” But…


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