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Tonga aim to give hosts a fright

Tonga captain Finau Maka is determined to see his team do more than just make up the numbers in Friday's World Cup opener against tournament favourites New Zealand.

The All Blacks are expected to launch the tournament in style at Auckland's Eden Park, posting an emphatic success and taking immediate charge of Pool A. But the unheralded Tongans are looking to make life difficult for their illustrious opponents.

"We just don't want to turn up and make up the numbers," said Maka. "We want to go out there and show the world that Tonga does exist."

He added: "There is no pressure on us, the pressure is on them. We are just going to go out there and give it to them and see if they can handle it.

"I think every Test match is important, but especially at a Rugby World Cup.

"Not only that, it is the opening game of the tournament so it's really important that we give it everything from numbers one to 22 in our squad."

The All Blacks will parade some of world rugby's most celebrated talents, the likes of Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and Sonny Bill Williams, and it would be a surprise if they do not win by a minimum 40-point margin.

But Maka added: "We don't really care what team they have, or who they are going to pick, we will just worry about ourselves and play our own game.

"Our last game we won, whereas they lost (against Australia), so our confidence is up and theirs is down. It could work either way.

"I think discipline can win or lose the game for you. Discipline is important, because every penalty could cost points. It all adds up."

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