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They crossed the line

That's the explanation Tongan community leader Will Ilolahia has for the Kiwi's 28-22 World Cup pool game loss to Tonga in Hamilton on Saturday.

He says the Kiwis should have stayed behind the 10 metre line when doing the haka.

"Once you breach the protocol that's it and that's what happened. Tonga showed what it means to die for Tonga. The Kiwi boys crossed the line and one of the (Samoan) brothers had nearly a head butt on one of the players," Mr Ilolahia says.

He says there may need to be a fan zone set up for the next games because of the excitement created by the Tongan wins, including disorder and multiple arrests in south Auckland.

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