Australian reps were recognised, an act that reflects a lack of respect for those playing for other nations, says Fifita.
The Tonga prop will line up against his former side at Mt Smart Stadium this weekend.
In his second Test in charge of New Zealand, Michael Maguire delivered the first win over Australia since 2015.
The former captain made his international return in last night's 26-24 win over Australia, having missed last year's World Cup.
The Kiwis were forced to dig deep in the dying minutes, to secure their first win over trans-Tasman rivals in three years.
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"Bridges would have realised that at some point he was going to have to confront Ross. To delay that day of reckoning was to damage both himself and the party," writes our columnist.