Tupou to send Tonga out on a high

Tonga's World Cup dream may be over, but winger Daniel Tupou says that he'll have no qualms dishing the dirt on his Roosters team-mates in a bid to end their tournament on a high.

The Tricolours need to win in order to progress to a quarter-final against defending champion New Zealand on Friday.

But the Tongans are desperate not to return home without a win, even if that means sharing his inside knowledge on premiership team-mates Anthony Minichiello and Aidan Guerra.

"I know the way they play so of course I'm going to help out the boys, telling them how they play and how they'll structure themselves against us. I'll be giving a few tips to the coach and to my team-mates," Tupou says.

Guerra in particular has been a revelation for club and country this year. In his two games for the Azzurri so far, the hard-running back-rower has totalled 244 metres, 18 tackle breaks, three line breaks, three line break assists and scored two tries himself.

"To be honest, I'm not sure if he has many weaknesses," Tupou says. "He's an all-rounder player, I reckon we'll just try and keep running at him and tire him out. Hopefully that'll work.
 
"It's all about playing for pride now, giving it your all in this last game. Hopefully we can get this win for our little country back home and for the people."

The grand final hero says his countrymen are hurting after failing to reach the quarter-final stage for third straight World Cup and labelled their campaign a failure.

"Given all the big names in the squad, we had high expectations of ourselves. So yeah, I guess you could see it feels like a failure," Tupou said.

"But we failed as a whole. from the staff to the players. Obviously that first game against Scotland, I reckon we could've pushed that extra mile and finished that game on a higher note than we did. Unfortunately the outcome didn't go our way."

Despite the disappointment of missing the quarter-finals, however, Tupou says 2013 has been a dream year for him. In just his second season, the Eels junior appeared in every single game for the Roosters, scoring 14 tries in 26 games, including one in the grand final win.

"I can't explain how much this year has meant to me, with everything going so well," Tupou says. "And obviously it was one of my goals at the start of the year to make this World Cup side and to be a part of it is awesome.

"To experience my family's culture, be a part of the boys, and learn from guys like Fuifui [Moimoi] and Brent Kite has been so helpful. It's been a dream."

The Tricolours need to win in order to progress to a quarter-final against defending champion New Zealand on Friday.

But the Tongans are desperate not to return home without a win, even if that means sharing his inside knowledge on premiership team-mates Anthony Minichiello and Aidan Guerra.

"I know the way they play so of course I'm going to help out the boys, telling them how they play and how they'll structure themselves against us. I'll be giving a few tips to the coach and to my team-mates," Tupou says.

Guerra in particular has been a revelation for club and country this year. In his two games for the Azzurri so far, the hard-running back-rower has totalled 244 metres, 18 tackle breaks, three line breaks, three line break assists and scored two tries himself.

"To be honest, I'm not sure if he has many weaknesses," Tupou says. "He's an all-rounder player, I reckon we'll just try and keep running at him and tire him out. Hopefully that'll work.
 
"It's all about playing for pride now, giving it your all in this last game. Hopefully we can get this win for our little country back home and for the people."

The grand final hero says his countrymen are hurting after failing to reach the quarter-final stage for third straight World Cup and labelled their campaign a failure.

"Given all the big names in the squad, we had high expectations of ourselves. So yeah, I guess you could see it feels like a failure," Tupou said.

"But we failed as a whole. from the staff to the players. Obviously that first game against Scotland, I reckon we could've pushed that extra mile and finished that game on a higher note than we did. Unfortunately the outcome didn't go our way."

Despite the disappointment of missing the quarter-finals, however, Tupou says 2013 has been a dream year for him. In just his second season, the Eels junior appeared in every single game for the Roosters, scoring 14 tries in 26 games, including one in the grand final win.

"I can't explain how much this year has meant to me, with everything going so well," Tupou says. "And obviously it was one of my goals at the start of the year to make this World Cup side and to be a part of it is awesome.

"To experience my family's culture, be a part of the boys, and learn from guys like Fuifui [Moimoi] and Brent Kite has been so helpful. It's been a dream."