March 14, 2017
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Tonga A registers first win

Tonga A put up a great display to beat Samoa A 30-22 in their second match of the 2017 World Rugby Pacific Challenge at ANZ Stadium in Suva today.

The Samoans scored first through wing Danny Tusitala to lead 7-0.

Tonga replied with a penalty to James Faiva to narrow the scores to 7-3.

Feofaaki Kaumavae and Topui Sekona then scored two tries for the Tongans, one of which was converted by Faiva.

Faiva also converted a penalty successfully as Tonga took an 18-7 lead at halftime.

Samoan Captain Patrick Faapale kicked a penalty straight after the break but a well executed try by Tongan centre Feofaaki Kaumavae extended their lead by 23-10.

The Tongans maintained their composure and scored their fourth try of the match through left wing Tuihakavalu Ika. The try was converted by Faiva, and this somewhat sealed the match.

A penalty try and a late touchdown by replacement Junior Malielegaoi saw the Samoans narrow the scores by 8 points but this was not enough to kill the spirits of the Tongans as they held on till the final whistle.

Tonga A will play Junior Japan in their last match at 12.30pm on Saturday while Samoa A who are yet to register a win in the competition will take on defending champions, the Fiji Warriors at 3pm.

By Reginald Chandar


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