March 13, 2018
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Samoa thrashes Tonga in Pacific Challenge

Samoa A registered its first victory of the 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge today in Suva after walloping arch rivals Tonga A 40-10.

After losing its opening match 33-21 to defending champions, the Fiji Warriors last Friday, the Samoans lifted their game and played with more determination and focus.

Tonga A scored the first try of the match through winger Fetuli Paea to lead 5-0 in the 6th minute.

Samoa A fullback Ricky Ene raced away and scored a beautiful try a few minutes later and a successful conversion from D’Angelo Leiulia gave them a 7-5 lead.

Bursting winger Tuhakavalu Ika scored Tonga’s second try from a drive to give them a 10-7 lead but sheer determination from the Samoans saw them score two more tries through Faasauvale Lucky and Captain Henry Stowers to lead 19-10 at halftime.

Samoa A completely dominated the second half and scored three converted tries through fullback Ene, hooker Gafa Suva and halfback Iosua Faalele to register the big win.

Samoa A will play Junior Japan in its final match at 1pm on Saturday while Tonga A who are officially out of the competition after two losses will play the Fiji Warriors at 3.30pm.

By Reginald Chandar

 

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