Fiji Crowned Pacific Nations Cup Champions

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By Lorraine Genia – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby 

The flying Fijians have been crowned as the 2015 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup Champions, following a 10 point win over Samoa today.

Fiji took lead in the opening minutes of the first half, after securing two tries within the first 10 minutes of the match. 

The Fijians dominated possession of the ball in the first half, with the Samoans unable to register points on the board until the third minute of the second half.  

Five-eighth Joshua Matavesi was instrumental with his goal kicking, complimenting the set plays and tries scored with his hot foot.

Samoa’s Alesana Tuilagi was also handy with his own boot, with a number of chipped kicks down field and good chases, however handling errors and Fiji’s mobility and defence proved too strong in the first half.

The Samoans picked up from the 17-9 half time score with their early second half try, and a sucessful conversion which saw them get within one point of the Fijians. 

That wasn’t all for the boys in blue and white, with Sinoti Sinoti scoring Samoa’s second try out wide, after Fiji’s defence failed to withstand the pressure. 

Fiji’s Leone Nakarawa picked up a chip kick from across field by Matavesi, and gave Fiji a little extra comfort as they regained the lead 36-29.

Both teams will now head into preparations for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, with Fiji taking on England in the opening match on September 18 in Twickenham, London.

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