March 14, 2017
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