The Telecom Fijian Warriors defended the World Rugby Pacific Challenge title after defeating Samoa A 48-25 in their third round at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.
Warriors captain Mosese Voka was excited after the game.
“Thank God for giving us the strength during training and also our families for their support and the 14 provinces in Fiji,” Voka said.
After a scrappy start from both sides, Fiji managed to regroup and scored their first try through Lepani Raiyala which was not converted by Jonetani Ralulu.
The Fijians were penalised for offside which allowed Patrick Faapale to kick their first penalty.
This did not stop the rampant Fijians from scoring their second try through Samuela Suguturaga and converted by Ralulu.
Faapale kicked the second penalty before Ralulu replied for Fiji to lead 20-6 at halftime.
The Warriors made a strong start as Kalivati Tawake ran through the Samoan defenders to score the third try which was converted by Ralulu. The Samoans then lifted momentum and regrouped capitalising on the Fijians weaknesses and scored their first try through Danny Tusitala, converted by Faapale.
The Fijians up the momentum which resulted in three tries to vice-captain Eroni Vasiteri, Voka and Raiyala with Ralulu successful with one and Waqatabu kicking two. The Samoans also managed to score two tries before full time to No. 8 Tietie Tuimauga and Nuu Lene and Faapale successful with one con version.
Big Play; A well organised Fijian side deserved victory.
Star Turn; Good work by the Samoans in the second half.
Comments: Warriors head coach Senirusi Seruvakula;
“We started well but it was disappointing second spell. But a win is a win.”
Samoa A coach Potu Leavasa;
“Disappointing for us going home without a win but we will prepare for the Uruguay tour in October. In previous years we always finish second but disappointing for us this year to finish fourth.”
Edited by Osea Bola
Telecom Fiji Warriors 48: ( Lepani Raiyala 2 try, Samuela Suguturaga 1 try, Jonetani Ralulu 1 pen, 3 con, Serupepeli Vularika 1 try, Kalivati Tawake 1 try, Eroni Vasiteri 1 try,Mosese Voka 1 try, Apisalome Waqatabu 2 con)
Samoa A 25: (Patrick Faapale 2 pen, 2 con, Danny Tusitala 1 try, Tietie Tuimauga 1 try,Nuu Lene 1 try).