Pacific Nations Cup

Flying Fijians win PNC title after defeating Samoa 26-16

The Vodafone Flying Fijians won their second match 26-16 against Samoa to retain the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) title at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this afternoon. Samoa led 16-10 at halftime. Fiji scored two tries to Samoa’s one. Flying Fijians Captain Sunia Koto scored the first try and another by Patrick Osbourne scored Fiji’s winning try in the fourth minute […]

Luke Nacei

June 18, 2016 4:55 pm

The Vodafone Flying Fijians won their second match 26-16 against Samoa to retain the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) title at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this afternoon.

World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup Winners - Vodafone Flying Fijians with the PNC Cup and Chief Guest the Former President of Fiji Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. (Fiji Rugby)
World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup Winners – Vodafone Flying Fijians with the PNC Cup and Chief Guest the Former President of Fiji Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. (Fiji Rugby)

Samoa led 16-10 at halftime.

Fiji scored two tries to Samoa’s one.

Flying Fijians Captain Sunia Koto scored the first try and another by Patrick Osbourne scored Fiji’s winning try in the fourth minute which were both successfully converted by Seremaia Bai.

Action between the Vodafone Flying Fijians and Samoa at the ANZ Stadium this afternoon. (Fiji Rugby)
Action between the Vodafone Flying Fijians and Samoa at the ANZ Stadium this afternoon. (Fiji Rugby)

Fiji’s Seremaia Bai kicked three penalties to add to its points tally while Samoa’s Tusi Pisi also got three.

Motu Matuu scored Samoa’s only try and was converted by Tusi Pisi.

Waisea Nayacalevu was handed a yellow card in the first half of the match.

Meanwhile, Georgia won after beating the Ikali Tahi Tonga 23-20 in their test match.

Samoa will host Tonga next weekend at Apia.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians will take on Georgia next week Friday for a test match at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Avoiding mistakes and sticking to the game plan is what Vodafone Flying Fijians captain Sunia Koto thinks will drive the team through their match against the Manu Samoa tomorrow.

Manu Samoa team captain David Lemi and Vodafone Flying Fijians team captain Sunia Koto at My Suva park today. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)
Manu Samoa team captain David Lemi and Vodafone Flying Fijians team captain Sunia Koto at My Suva park today. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)

The team which defeated the Ikale Tahi Tonga 23-18 in the first rounds of the Pacific Nations Cup last weekend is expecting a tough match.

KOTO: “I think this week it will be more on making less mistakes and sticking to the system that’s been introduced by the coaches. So the whole emphasis for the games tomorrow is for the team to stick to our game plan.”

The veteran hooker said he is expecting all players to learn from their past mistakes and give in their best shot.

KOTO: “I think its not more of the team i think its more of a game time together because last week everybody played their first game as it. So all the team will be much better second time around so yes we are expecting them to be on the roll. We are expecting a tough match Samoa is a physical team and the have a very good pact and experienced team coming in tomorrow.”

He also said the team should have a better start off in the first half of the game.

KOTO: “There are few things we needed time together before getting out on the field so we can motivate each other so hopefully our start is better this weekend.”

Captain Koto is calling on the fans of Fiji to come out in numbers to witness their match and support as it boosts them a lot.

KOTO: “Please come out in numbers and come in white to show your support.”

The match kicks off at 3pm at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Tonga meets Georgia at 12.45pm.

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