Two impressive winners from last weekend's Tests face off in Auckland on Saturday with Tonga, as always, desperate to prove their credentials as a genuine tier-one threat.
With a forward pack arguably the equal or better of any other nation and backs that hold their own, playmaking depth has generally been Tonga's Achilles heel.
Broncos teenager Fanatesi Niu made an outstanding start to his Test career in last weekend's impressive win over Great Britain, letting his running game do the talking and combining well with five-eighth Tui Lolohea.
Ata Hingano has recovered from a shoulder injury and has been named to start in the No.7 jersey this weekend.
A new-look Australian side was also very slick in a comfortable win over the Kiwis in Wollongong with 'Blues brothers' Damien Cook and James Tedesco combining particularly well.
Match: Tonga Invitational v Australia
Round 3 -
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kangaroos: Rabbitohs' NSW Origin forward Cameron Murray is set to become Kangaroo No.832 after coach Mal Meninga named him at No.14, relegating Ben Hunt to the extended bench alongside Victor Radley and Clint Gutherson. The starting 13 from the win over the Kiwis is unchanged. Josh Papalii battled a chest/rib injury in the lead-up to last week's Test against New Zealand but showed no ill-effects this week, completing every training session. Cameron Munster has been battling a shoulder injury and suffered a "burner" in the Kangaroos' 26-4 win over the Kiwis, but like Papalii, the five-eighth hasn’t missed a session this week.
Tonga Invitational: Ata Hingano has recovered from a shoulder injury and has been named at halfback after Fanitesi Niu was a late inclusion last week. Andrew Fifita starts, with Addin Fonua-Blake to come off the bench.
Match: Tonga Invitational v Australia
Round 3 -
Fullback for Tonga Invitational is number 1 Will HopoateFullback for Australia is number 1 James Tedesco
Winger for Tonga Invitational is number 2 David Fusitu'aWinger for Australia is number 2 Josh Addo-Carr
Centre for Tonga Invitational is number 3 Michael JenningsCentre for Australia is number 3 Latrell Mitchell
Centre for Tonga Invitational is number 4 Konrad HurrellCentre for Australia is number 4 Jack Wighton
Winger for Tonga Invitational is number 5 Daniel TupouWinger for Australia is number 5 Nick Cotric
Five-Eighth for Tonga Invitational is number 6 Tuimoala LoloheaFive-Eighth for Australia is number 6 Cameron Munster
Halfback for Tonga Invitational is number 21 Kotoni StaggsHalfback for Australia is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
Prop for Tonga Invitational is number 10 Siosiua TaukeiahoProp for Australia is number 8 Josh Papalii
Hooker for Tonga Invitational is number 9 Siliva HaviliHooker for Australia is number 9 Damien Cook
Prop for Tonga Invitational is number 15 Addin Fonua-BlakeProp for Australia is number 10 David Klemmer
2nd Row for Tonga Invitational is number 11 Ben Murdoch-Masila2nd Row for Australia is number 11 Boyd Cordner
2nd Row for Tonga Invitational is number 12 Manu Ma'u2nd Row for Australia is number 12 Tyson Frizell
Lock for Tonga Invitational is number 13 Jason TaumaloloLock for Australia is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
Interchange for Tonga Invitational is number 8 Andrew FifitaInterchange for Australia is number 14 Cameron Murray
Interchange for Tonga Invitational is number 14 Sione KatoaInterchange for Australia is number 15 Payne Haas
Interchange for Tonga Invitational is number 19 Tevita Pangai JuniorInterchange for Australia is number 16 Paul Vaughan
Interchange for Tonga Invitational is number 20 Joe OfahengaueInterchange for Australia is number 17 Wade Graham
- Referee: Gerard Sutton
- Touch Judge: Nick Beashel
- Touch Judge: Dave Munro
- Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell
Daly Cherry-Evans v Ata Hingano. With Tonga matching up well in the forwards and outside backs, the biggest experience gap anywhere on the park lies in the halves. Hingano has limited experience at NRL level, while DCE is the classic and very much complete halfback. If Hingano and Lolohea do a reasonable job of getting the team around the park it could give Tonga a sniff.
For the Kangaroos to win
There are no weak links in the Kangaroos forward pack so if they can go toe-to-toe with Tonga's superstar middle rotation of Siosiua Taukeiaho, Jason Taumalolo, Andrew Fifita and Addin Fonua-Blake then the slick spine of Cook, Tedesco, Cherry-Evans and Cameron Munster are always a big chance of finding that game-breaking play when they need it.
For Tonga Invitational to win
It's about denying the above-mentioned play makers too many chances at the Tonga line. They defended impeccably against a Great Britain side boasting some high-calibre play makers, keeping the Lions scoreless for the first 70 minutes, while conjuring two tries of their own through off-the-cuff adventure. That will need to be the recipe once again - they'll just have to do it even better.
Tonga's three starting middles combined for a tick under 600 metres last week, with skipper Taukeiaho clocking 254 – more than 100 of those post-contact, to go with a team-high 43 tackles and a perfect three from three off the kicking tee to boot in a massive 71-minute stint. Fonua-Blake and Taumalolo added 170 metres apiece; Dan Tupou (218) and Niu (182) putt in big numbers; and Tonga's run-first mentality should see them get downfield comfortably once again.
And another thing…
There has only ever been one match between Australia and a Tongan side and that came 12 months ago, with the Kangaroos cruising to a 34-16 win in Auckland. Expect plenty of red jerseys in the crowd again as Tonga searches for an upset.