SAPPORO – Tonga coach Toutai Kefu has seen enough improvement in his side over the last two weeks to convince him that they will be even better in their next World Cup clash against Argentina in Osaka next Saturday.
The Pacific islanders caused England problems in their Pool C clash at Sapporo Dome on Sunday before the 2003 champions strangled them into submission and secured a 35-3 bonus-point victory.
The result, however, had been expected to be a lot worse for Kefu's side, who were humiliated 92-7 by three-times champions New Zealand two weeks ago in both teams' final match ahead of the World Cup.
"We didn't play well against the All Blacks and we caught them on a bloody good day," Kefu said. "We knew that we needed to put ourselves under the magnifying glass and see where it went wrong.
"Today's effort was much improved. We had a bit of a game plan that we executed ... but they (England) are a good team.