July 5 1975 – Canterbury beat Tonga.

Tonga in 1975 were making their second tour of New Zealand. Though they could not match the two 1969 wins in the “tests”  against NZ Maori they nevertheless won eight of their twelve matches. The Canterbury match was one that got away from them but they played attractive rugby and scored a bigger percentage of tries per match (50 in 12 matches) than any other side in New Zealand. Their captain, No. 8 Sione Mafi, who played in every game, was chosen by the NZ Rugby Almanack as one of their “Five Players of the Year”.


Played 12, won 8, lost 4. Points for 268, against 231.