The moment the final whistle blew on Saturday evening tears of joy streamed down Talaiasi Taufa's cheeks. And he was not alone.

He had just witnessed his beloved Tongan rugby league team, representing an island nation of just over 100,000 inhabitants, take down the World Champion Australian side.

"Everyone was in tears. We were just so happy and proud," Taufa said.

"Tonga, small island nation, on top of the world."


It comes after Tonga beat New Zealand at the World Cup last year, before last week beating Great Britain.

Taufa was at Eden Park with his wife Talaiasi and their