Tonga vs Australia: Disorder sees 20 arrested, two in hospital

Police say they had a busy night on the streets of south Auckland on Saturday night during and after the Tonga vs Australia rugby league test at Mt Smart Stadium.

There were 20 arrests made, and two people ended up in hospital after a "large fight" on Nikau Rd, which broke out at the end of the match.

Police say there were "hundreds of people and vehicles out in the streets surrounding the stadium and further afield into Mangere".

"Police is grateful to our partner agencies for their assistance over the night," a spokesperson told Newshub.

More planning was put into keeping fans in line this year, following disorder around last year's Rugby League World Cup matches involving Tonga.

"We've had some young people who just got completely out of control last time," Manukau Ward Councillor Efeso Collins told Newshub on Saturday.

"People wanted to come out and celebrate. We had fan zones during the Rugby World Cup, yet we had no fan zones during the Rugby League World Cup."

The historic night the Tongans beat the Kiwis in November was marred by 53 arrests.

"What started out as a celebration turned into mass disorder involving traffic gridlock, drunkenness and violence," Counties Manukau's Snr Sgt Clive Wood said at the time.

The chaos was the culmination of weeks of violence, fans squaring off in violent street battles in Auckland. Police warned the public to steer clear of the Otahuhu town centre ahead of last year's Tonga-Kiwis clash.

The Tongan side put up a brave fight against the Australians, but ultimately went down 34-16.