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Live Coverage For Fiji Vs Samoa Today On Fiji One

16 July 2017

The win also means that Tonga has qualified ahead of Samoa for the Oceania 2 place in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. But Samoa needed at least a bonus point in defeat to prevent Tonga claiming the second automatic qualifying place from Oceania. Tonga ended on six and Samoa on five.

Samoa had five points, meaning a bonus point, a draw or a win would have taken them to the World Cup.

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Tonga will be playing in its seventh straight World Cup and its eighth overall.

Fiji qualified last week after they beat Tonga 14-10 in Nuku'alofa and as the top-ranked Oceania team will join Australia, Wales, Georgia and either Canada or Uruguay in Pool D in Japan. Once again Samoa pressed and the pressure caused ill-discipline from Fiji, allowing fly-half Pisi to kick three penalties to give the hosts a slender 16-14 lead at the break.

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Seniloli scored his second when winger Vereniki Goneva made a powerful break down the right flank.

The Fijians also won both of their games past year, beating Tonga 23-18 and Samoa 26-16 in Suva before they qualified for Japan last week with their third win. 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.

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With the game in the balance at 18-16 at halftime, Fijian halfback Henry Seniloli (three tries) and Ben Volavola (13 points) secured the win for the visitors.

Live Coverage For Fiji Vs Samoa Today On Fiji One