Pacific Nations Cup

PNC: Fiji 23 – Tonga 18

The Vodafone Flying Fijians came out victorious against Tonga 23-18 in the opening Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) match at the ANZ Stadium this afternoon. Tonga led 15-0 at halftime. Fiji scored three tries to Tonga’s two. Ben Volavola scored Fiji’s first try and converted by Seremaia Bai in the second half while 31-year-old Nemia Soqeta scored the […]

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June 11, 2016 4:59 pm

The Vodafone Flying Fijians came out victorious against Tonga 23-18 in the opening Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) match at the ANZ Stadium this afternoon.

Action between the Vodafone Flying Fijians and Ikale Tahi Tonga at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this afternoon. (FRU)
Action between the Vodafone Flying Fijians and Ikale Tahi Tonga at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this afternoon. (FRU)

Tonga led 15-0 at halftime.

Fiji scored three tries to Tonga’s two.

Ben Volavola scored Fiji’s first try and converted by Seremaia Bai in the second half while 31-year-old Nemia Soqeta scored the second try.

Seremaia Bai converted two penalties.

Eremasi Radrodro scored Fiji’s winning try in the last few minutes of the match.

Vodafone Flying Fijians Captain Sunia Koto was grateful that his team came out well in the second half.

KOTO: “We started the first half not the way we planned and the boys were a bit shaky and that’s the result of coming together for a week. But we are so happy that in the second half, we came out with real intention to play our game plans and stay within our system and it pay dividends and we’re happy.”

Tonga’s ‘Iongi Pila scored the first try while scrum-half Tane Takulua converted the try and scored Tonga’s second try.

Tane Takulua also converted two penalties for Tonga.

Tonga’s Captain Nili Latu said that Fiji was a very dangerous team.

LATU: “Playing the Fijians, they can run the ball from anywhere so they’re a very dangerous team. I credit the Fijian team…still blessed to represent my country. It was not the result we wanted today but we’re expecting more things to come. We showed them in the first half how we play rugby but at the end of the day, Fiji came out as winners.”

Tonga’s Daniel Kilioni was yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle on Fiji’s Ben Volavola.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians will face Samoa next week Saturday at the ANZ Stadium.

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