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Fiji dump Samoa 38-16 in Pacific Nations rampage

The Vodafone Flying Fijians scored five tries to beat Samoa in Apia today, picking up their fourth consecutive win this season after wins over Italy, Scotland, and Tonga.

Staff Writers

July 15, 2017 2:50 pm

Fiji’s win by more than 20 points means Tonga qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup while Samoa has to battle for the third qualifying spot.

Two minutes into the second half, Henry Seniloli finished off an attacking move to score his third try of the match.  Volavola converted, Fiji led 21-16.

Samoa missed a brace of scoring opportunities on the back of unforced errors by Fiji until Jale Vatubua scored for Fiji the 51st minute.  Volavola converted and Fiji extended their lead to 28-16.

Volavola booted in a massive kick in the 61st minute to score a penalty from 60 meters out.  Fiji lead 31-16.

Tuapati Talemaitoga touched down underneath the posts in the 75th minute.  Volavola converted, Fiji lead 38-16.

(World Rugby)
(World Rugby)

Half-Time: Samoa 16, Fiji 14

1:54 pm – Samoa is leading Fiji 16-14 at half-time in the final game of the 2017 Pacific Nations Cup clash at Apia Park in Samoa.

Henry Seniloli scored the first try of the match after some quick off-loads from an inside pass from Ben Volavola.  Volavola converted Fiji ahead 7-0 in the 11th minute.

Samoa caught the Fijian defence napping in the 19th minute, with captain David Lemi scoring from a quick penalty.  Samoa levelled the score 7-7.

However, Seniloli struck back three minutes later by finishing off a brilliant attacking play by Fiji from their own half.  Volavola converted, Fiji led 14-7.

Samoa scored from a penalty in the 27th minute, then nailed another in the 31st minute to narrow the score to 14-13.

More infringements by Fiji at the breakdown gave Samoa a third consecutive penalty in front of the posts.  Samoa led for the first time in the match 16-14.

The cold and breezy Apia weather provided a favourable environment for a close contest.

The Fijians had already qualified for the 2019 World Cup but were looking to capture a third consecutive Pacific Nations Cup victory.

In contrast, Samoa needed a win or draw to seal qualification to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Samoa captain David Lemi and Fiji's Akapusi Qera pose with the Webb Ellis Cup ahead of Saturday's Pacific Nations Cup decider, which doubles as a World Cup qualifier. Photo: World Rugby.
Samoa captain David Lemi and Fiji’s Akapusi Qera pose with the Webb Ellis Cup ahead of Saturday’s Pacific Nations Cup decider, which doubles as a World Cup qualifier. Photo: World Rugby.

The Teams

Fiji

Campese Ma’afu, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Manasa Saulo, Tevita Cavubati, Leone Nakarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Akapusi Qera (c), Nemani Nagusa, Henry Seniloli, Ben Volavola, Patrick Osborne, Jale Vatubua, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Vereniki Goneva, Timoci Nagusa.

Reserves: Sunia Koto, Joeli Veitayaki, Kalivati Tawake, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Viliame Mata, Frank Lomani, Eroni Vasiteri, Josua Tuisova

Samoa

Jordan Lay, Elia Elia, Paul Alo-Emile, Chris Vui, Faatiga Lemalu, Piula Faasalele, Jack Lam, Faifili Levave, Kahn Fotualii, Tusiata Pisi, David Lemi (c), Reynold Lee-Lo, Kieron Fonotia, Alapati Leiua, Tim Nanai Williams.

Reserves: Seilala Lam, Nephi Leatigaga, James Lay, Galu Taufale, Vavae Tuilagi, Auvasa Falealii, D’Angelo Leuila, Ahsee Tuala.

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