Samoa loss hands Tonga World Cup spot

Sandy Mccarthy
July 16, 2017

"We have to dig deep to make sure we qualify for the World Cup".

Fiji scored five tries to secure the bonus point win.

Samoa will still get another chance to seal a spot in the World Cup when they play-off against either Czech Republic or Portugal.

Tonga will be playing in its seventh straight World Cup and its eighth overall.

Samoa's loss handed Oceania's second berth to Tonga, which is now in the same pool with England, France, Argentina and the United States.

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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.

Fiji's win Saturday continued an outstanding run of form in June and July internationals in which they have beaten Scotland and Italy and stayed unbeaten in the Pacific Nations Cup.

Inside centre Jale Vatubua also scored a try.

Seniloli scored two tries in the first half and was the first to cross over for Fiji again in the second half.

Flyhalf Tusi Pisi missed his first two shots at goal but kicked three in a row to give Samoa a 16-14 lead at halftime.

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