Samoa wins over Tonga in PNC

Samoa’s 30-10 win against Tonga, in the final match of the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup 2016 coming in at second place behind Fiji, places them on course for a place at Rugby World Cup 2019. 


Danny Tusitala scores final try – Photo cred: Renee McKay/SRU


It’s a bounce back from their earlier 26-16 loss to Fiji.

Saturday's match in Samoa's capital was still important as matches in the Pacific tournament contribute to qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The win ensured Alama Ieremia's side finished second behind Fiji overall, and took a step closer to qualification for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

Fiji will take the advantage in the race to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2019 with the Pacific Nations Cup this year and next to determine the Oceania 1 and 2 qualifiers for the tournament, but Samoa will be lifted by finishing second.

The match got off to a positive start for Ieremia's side with Tonga conceding a penalty try as early as the eighth minute after winger 'Otulea Katoa had been sent to the sin bin.

Samoa doubled their lead four minutes later through second-row Jeff Lepa before Tonga got their first points of the day in the 15th-minute from a Sonatane Takulua penalty. Patrick Faapale took Samoa's lead to 20 points at half-time, however, with three penalties.

When Afatia was yellow carded with 15 minutes remaining in the game it looked like Tonga could steal victory- as Tonga began to shift momentum with a powerful scrum- however during this time Tusitala pounced (pictured above) with a try in the final minutes.