Latu still proud of beaten Tonga

Date published: October 5 2015

Tonga captain Nili Latu couldn't fault the spirit of his players despite their heavy loss to Argentina in Leicester on Sunday.

A second defeat after losing on the opening weekend to Georgia means that Tonga are now out of the World Cup before facing New Zealand this week.

"We came into this game believing we could win and at half-time we were in the game. We started strong after the break but one thing that really let us down today was our composure, especially when we had the ball," Latu said.

"It was disappointing for us but it's something that can easily be fixed for the next game."

"Full credit to my boys, we didn’t just want to turn up today and let Argentina have their way. We came up fighting, right to the end. It wasn’t the result we wanted, but we’ve got one more game. We look forward to the challenge from the All Blacks."

Latu admitted that several missed kicks at the posts from Kurt Morath had dented the the confidence of his side as they tried to stay in the game. 

"We missed five kicks today and our team thrives on confidence. It is little mistakes that we can control and fix for the All Blacks game," he explained.

"We came into this game with the mindset of beating Argentina and the bonus point was the second priority.

"We believed we were in the game until the 60th minute. But there is still hope there and there's still life."