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Fiji beats Samoa 38-16 in Pacific Nations Cup

Fiji beats Samoa 38-16 in Pacific Nations Cup

VODAFONE Flying Fijians coach John McKee said speed out wide was the key to their 2017 Pacific Nations Cup win at Apia Park in Samoa yesterday.

Samoa went into their final game at the Pacific Nations Cup against Fiji knowing that a bonus point in defeat would seal their place at the tournament in Japan in two years' time.

Tonga will now join England, France, Argentina and the United States in Pool C.

Fiji will play in Pool D at the World Cup with Australia, Wales, Georgia and either Canada or Uruguay. Seniloli was rewarded in all three tries for his outstanding supporting play, staying on the shoulder of fullback Timoci Naguca to score his first. However, Samoa, with the breeze at their backs, fought back and some enterprising play from a quick tap penalty saw captain David Lemi score a try in the left corner.




Meanwhile, the live coverage of Fiji vs Samoa will start at 1pm today.

Center Jale Vatubua and replacement Api Ratuniyawara also scored tries as Fiji ran away from Samoa after trailing 16-14 at halftime. Fiji deserved the victory and we congratulate them. I guess it is a painful lesson but the young squad will hopefully learn from it and we can take the experience forward as we do have a second chance at RWC qualification.

"During this campaign, we've set ourselves a benchmark", he said.

"Now we've secured ourselves a 2019 Rugby World Cup spot, we want to keep improving".


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