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First half disappoints Maka

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Sportal.co.nz     10 Sep 2011     Getty Images

The All Blacks recorded the comfortable win in the opening match of the tournament in Auckland on Friday, despite a significant improvement from a Tongan side heavily beaten in two of three previous clashes between the teams.

Maka, who aimed to keep the All Blacks to no more than 40 points, said his side let themselves down in the first half after trailing 29-3 at the break.

"I was disappointed with the first half. We had trained well all week. The second half produced some better defence," he said after the game.

"We had huge support. I take my hat off to Tongans all over the world, they always get behind the team."

"We wanted to keep the ball for as long as possible in the second half because (if) they can't have the ball, they can't score a try."

The coach felt some of his younger players had been nervous in the first half, but they had performed much better in the second half and scored only the second try by a Tongan player against New Zealand when Chiefs prop Sona Taumalolo crossed in the 71st minute.

Captain Finau Maka said there were positives to take out of the game, particularly after a poor first half.

"The All Blacks were more committed in the first half than we were, they beat us at the breakdown. Every time we made a mistake they scored," he said.

"There was some good, positive stuff in the game and we can look forward to the future."

Tonga meet Canada on Wednesday in their second Pool A outing.