Tongan MMT celebrations soured by messy streets and corporate box scuffle

“All it takes is one incident to mar the whole event in its entirety, when 99.9% of the fans that day behaved," says Tongan community leader Pakilau Manase Lua.

Tempers flared after glass bottles were thrown from one of the corporate boxes, hitting people and children below. 

“I think it all kicked off when the Kiwi Captain was doing his speech. There was a bit of noise from the bottom apparently and they didn’t like it and they started throwing stuff at the pack and that’s what kicked it off.”

Police issue safety message ahead of Mate Ma'a Tonga/Kiwi international league match

Police are encouraging league fans to plan ahead for Saturday night’s game.

Area Commander for Counties Manukau in Auckland, Inspector Matt Srhoj says Police have been working with a number of partners from different communities and organisations around planning for the game.

“We know this is an exciting time for league supporters and we encourage people to enjoy the night,” said Inspector Srhoj.

“We also ask that while people are having a good time that they are also respectful and mindful of others."

Andrew Fifita cops 3-match suspension, misses Mt Smart test

Fifita appeared in front of the NRL judiciary, via video link, on Tuesday night in an attempt to have a dangerous contact charge downgraded but was unsuccessful. 

If the giant prop could have got the charge downgraded from a grade two to a grade one he would have escaped a ban and been free to take on the Kiwis at Mount Smart Stadium. 

He had earlier plead guilty to the charge and only contested the grading.

His dangerous contact charge resulted from a crusher tackle on Canberra's Ryan Sutton during the Cronulla Sharks 22-20 victory on Thursday night.

Taumalolo ready for another sea of red in New Zealand

Taumalolo says it is always overwhelming to see such support and they are looking forward to seeing the same turn out as the last one.

“It’s obviously hard to put in words. I guess the feeling does not become overwhelming until you take the field. So to be there alongside a crowd wearing red all around and singing the national anthem that’s when it really hits,” he said in an interview with

Taumalolo said whenever fans sing a hymn or cheer that gives the boys a lift.