It was a little too one-sided for Saturday night's test between the Kiwis and Mate Ma'a Tonga to be regarded as an epic.

But it was still a terrific battle, in front of a boisterous near-capacity crowd.

Make no mistake – that was an extremely strong Tongan side, marking this as a fantastic Kiwis display.

And a surprisingly big win was hardly achieved with home advantage.

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One observer counted just six Kiwis flags at Mt Smart Stadium versus hundreds of Tongan ones.

The Tongan fans are the best.

Here are my test heroes.

Nelson Asofa-Solomona
The message from the big

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