Fiji, Georgia win first round matches at 2018 PNC

The Ikale Tahi on the attack against Geogia in Suva last weekend. They lost 15-16. Photo: OCEANIA RUGBY

By ALFRED TUIKORO TORA

SUVA, Fiji – June 12, 2018: 11.20am (Nuku’alofa Times): Fiji and Georgia came up winners in the first round of the 2018 Pacific Nations Cup series here at the ANZ Stadium in Suva last weekend.

But both had to survive second half resurgence from their respective opponents on the cool Saturday afternoon here in Laucala.

Tonga romped back into the game in the last quarter of their clash with Georgia but were unlucky to lose out 15-16 in the end.

They only awoke in the last quarter which proved to be too late.

Fiji on the attack against Manu Samoa at the ANZ Stadium last Saturday. Fiji won 24-22. Photo: KIRK CORRIE

Fiji on the attack against Manu Samoa at the ANZ Stadium last Saturday. Fiji won 24-22. Photo: KIRK CORRIE

Had they stuck with their gameplan throughout they could have avenged their loss to the Georgians last year in Europe.

“We paid dearly,” coach Toutai Kefu said.

“We can not do that again,” he added, hinting at the tough clash they expect from Samoa this weekend.

Fiji were also lucky to get home against Manu Samoa, and won 24-22 in the end.

That was after the Samoans came back into the game strongly and scored tries towards the end.

But time ran out on the Samoans as Fiji took their first win in the series — as they attempt to retain the title they have kept for two years.

Fijian head coach John McKee told the media they can’t afford to let off and let the opposition into the game.

“We will look at that and work on it moving forward,” he said.

The series continues on Saturday with Fiji facing Georgia and Tonga meeting up with Samoa.

 

 



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