Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Tonga goes through to 2019 Rugby World Cup

Tonga goes through to 2019 Rugby World Cup

But Fiji, who have already qualified for the World Cup, denied them anything as they ran in five tries in 38-16 win and, in the process, handed Tonga qualification.

Fiji qualified last weekend after beating Tonga 14-10, and slotted into Pool D at the World Cup with Australia, Wales, Georgia, and an Americas qualifier, either Canada or Uruguay.

Fiji made the better start at Apia Park and took an early lead through a converted try for scrum-half Seniloli.

Inside centre Jale Vatubua also scored a try. This is the British Open Championship and Fiji vs Samoa Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) match.

A try by replacement lock Api Ratuniyarawa sealed the victory in the 75th minute. Flyhalf Ben Volavola kicked six goals from six attempts, converting all of Fiji's five tries and adding a penalty from 55 metres.

"We were our own enemies in the first half", McKee said.

The Fijians also won both of their games previous year, beating Tonga 23-18 and Samoa 26-16 in Suva before they qualified for Japan last week with their third win. "We let Samoa into the game with a number of penalties we gave away in the first half".

"We also we had to improve our discipline in the second half". 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. It's why we play rugby.

"During this campaign, we've set ourselves a benchmark", he said. "We will regroup and I am sure the squad will do the country proud in the future".

Vodafone Flying Fijians wing, Patrick Osborne shakes-off Samoan fullback Albert Nikoro during 2016 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup at ANZ Stadium.

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