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Tevita Li looking to 'pull the trigger'

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

Li said the fact he hadn't been happy with games he had at the stadium previously but he had enjoyed his first game with the home side and the crowd had been amazing.

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Disappointed to lose to the Chiefs, and to break their long run of success against them, Li said the Highlanders would be looking to learn from their mistakes and hopefully that would help put on a better performance against the Crusaders on Saturday.

Li said he had moved south from the Blues in order to get out of his comfort zone and it was something Malakai Fekitoa and Waisake Naholo, both of whom have become All Blacks, had managed to do while also taking their game to another level.

"That's all I want to do. I want to come down here and hopefully step up my game and learn everything.

"At the moment I'm still trying to learn off everybody, especially Tony Brown. Hopefully I'll just get my confidence. I'll take every day as it comes and if I get better that's a big bonus," he said.

It was his overall game that needed to lift - his kicking, defence and attack, he said.

He also needed to back himself more and 'pull the trigger' as Brown said to him while also performing consistently.

While it had been tough to leave friends in Auckland he had enjoyed the change and he had plenty of support around him.

His parents had flown in from Tonga for his first game at the weekend.