VenueApia Park, Samoa
Kick Off Time
5:00pm (Local), Friday, 29 May 2009
Apia park was basking is sun and talent as the PRC title was decided today, in a scintillating fashion the Fiji Warriors stormed home winners 19-7.
In a serious muscle fest the Samoan’s put a one-direction mode into full swing, this direction was straight ahead and the big beasts tucked the ball under their arms and fired forward. Led by the torpedo props and man mountain George Stowers they made inroads into the Fijian territory.
In the scrum department the big man Stowers in the boot of the Upolu scrum made extra shunt, they continually had the Fiji Warriors going backwards before they went forward in the backline. This slight detour in reverse saw the Samoan side dominate the early exchanges.
As with a final everyone is scared of making a mistake, with this comes extra kicking and it was a game of force back in the 15-25 minute period. Surprisingly a lot of this kicks found turf not hands, the lottery bounce made for interesting results and there was a lot of frantic running to cover up. In this though the favour of luck was slanting Fiji’s way, as the game wore on they capitalized on this to take command of the match.
As the first half drew to an end a frantic period of attack by both teams was launched, one fired all guns at the other and it was matched by superb D and then a great ruck to seize the ball and fire back their own raids. For more than 5 minutes the ball was used at full speed from both sides, amazingly both lines were not crossed and 30 super tired men headed in for the break with absolute empty lungs.
Sunset came and went and all eyes stayed on a dream footy final, the Fiji Warriors upped the pressure and grabbed a great try after a charge down. This propelled the boys to more goodness and soon they were in the try zone again.
The Fijians are known for they fair and speed; today they let the world know they are now a team of solid defence. Their line was treasured and it was desperate D that won for them today. Upolu Samoa threw everything at the Warriors and they just said NO. Samoa prime beef muscle was heading for tries and simply denied 5 points, with a passion that came from a very deep place this Fiji Warriors team dug very deep for their win and deserved it. The Samoan’s scored one try back and had a sniff of a come back, but in the end the visitors were rock solid and only let 1 try in all day.
The Fiji coach had this to say. Fiji Coach
“The boys played with their heart & our defence won the game”. “I am very proud of the boys, they are all locals and I’m especially happy for Illy Tabua, this win is important for our RWC2011 preparations & these players are the future’. “This is great for Fiji Rugby, I told them we were leaving our shores to win the IRB Pacific Rugby Cup-and we did’.