Tonga qualify for 2019 World Cup after Fiji beat Samoa

Tonga qualify for 2019 World Cup after Fiji beat Samoa

Tonga qualify for 2019 World Cup after Fiji beat Samoa

Fiji qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after beating Tonga 14-10 in Nuku'alofa last Saturday.

Fiji will play in Pool D at the World Cup with Australia, Wales, Georgia and either Canada or Uruguay.

The winners of that playoff will compete in Pool A along with host Japan, Ireland, Scotland and the winners of the European qualifiers.

With the game in the balance at 18-16 at halftime, Fijian halfback Henry Seniloli (three tries) and Ben Volavola (13 points) secured the win for the visitors.

The Fijians also won both of their games past year, beating Tonga 23-18 and Samoa 26-16 in Suva before they qualified for Japan last week with their third win.

A win would do the trick for the Manu for sure, but even a narrow defeat would be good enough, if the margin is less than seven and they collect a vital bonus point. It is also our fourth test win in a row and I am told that is a record for Fiji. Samoa equalised through captain David Lemi when scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i caught Fiji napping with a quick tapped penalty. We went into the break ahead but we made too many errors in the second half and Fiji capitalised on them.

Seniloli completed his hat trick immediately after half-time, finishing a move in which Nagusa was again prominent. I believe this squad can improve further and our aim will be to make the quarter-finals in 2019.

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