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Tonga 34 - Samoa 10
Still recovering from the joint venture sides premiership celebrations, assistant coach Simmons and head trainer Hider watched as the Tongan's raced to a 26-0 half time lead at Campbelltown Stadium before taking the game 34-20.
"There's actually a bit of Tiger in them," a proud Simmons said after the international, organised by the Australian Rugby League to help the countries prepare for the 2008 World Cup.
"Like the Tigers, they really get stuck in on the training paddock and when they come off the field they like to play a bit of music.
"In some ways its been hard to miss some of the grand final celebrations but I made a commitment and its been an honour to be involved."
Centre Tyrone Smith, brother of Wallaby George, scored a brace of tries while halfback Feleti Mateo had the ball on a string for most of the night. Between them they scored 16 of their sides points.
"I think the idea is to be the last team to finish and that was us," Mateo said.
"When they did that, it just took things to another level."
"Yeah, I've got to have a talk about it but I'm keen," said Anderson, coach of Australia when they lifted the World Cup trophy in 2000.
"There's a lot of good kids available who will be even better by 2008."
The closest the Samoan's got in the second half was 26-10 - a margin that remained for 18 minutes as their vocal supporters cheered them towards what would have been a remarkable come back.
Those hopes were shattered, however, when former Sydney Rooster's lower grader Smith dived over with 12 minutes left after a period of sustained Tongan pressure.