Sparks fly as islanders step up the ante for Rugby World Cup

IF Fiji’s performance in the Pacific Nations Cup is anything to go by, then the world is in for a treat come September. The Fijians reminded their Rugby World Cup pool A rivals – England, Australia, Wales and Uruguay – of their… read more buy your personal copy at potency at crunch time with a scintillating 39-29 victory over Samoa to win the Pacific Cup at the Swangard Stadium in British Columbia on August 4 Led by Akapusi Qera, the Fijians, who take on England in their World Cup opener on September 18, fought back against the gutsy Samoans to take back the lead and the game. Fiji lock Leone Nakawara scored a brace of tries while Samoan winger Fa’atoina Autagavaia bagged two. Fiji finished the tournament undefeated with three wins and a 30-30 draw against Samoa. Tonga won third place playoff with a 31-20 win over Japan, while the United States beat Canada 15- 13 to finish fifth. Qera told Sky Sports the tournament had set them up for an exciting time at Twickenham. “They (Samoa) came out firing. They wanted to win and we managed to get some tactics right. In the second half we pulled it off.”

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