Fiji Wins Oceania Rugby Junior Trophy

Oceania Rugby, Sat Dec 5, 2015 12:51PM


Oceania Rugby Junior Trophy


December 5, Round 3


The Fijian U20 team beat island neighbours Tonga in the final of the Oceania Rugby Junior Trophy 19-10. The win means Fiji has qualified for the 2016 World Rugby Junior Trophy tournament in Zimbabwe.


Papua New Guinea beat Vanuatu 80-7 to finish third at the tournament that was played in Suva, Fiji, over three rounds in late November/early December.


The final was a close contest given both had beaten Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu comfortably in the earlier two rounds.


The key moments of the final were:




78 min: Fiji's replacement Josaia Raboiliku scores for Fiji. Conversion successful by nailati ukalele. Fiji 19 Tonga 10.


72min: Tonga's wing Sunia Latu scores their first try of the match. Oneone converts for Tonga. Fiji 12 Tonga 10


57min: yellow card to Fiji's Vasikali Mudu for a late tackle. Fiji 12 Tonga 3.


45min: penalty to Tonga unsuccessful by Oneone. Fiji 12 Tonga 3.


41min: Rupeni Vakasilimi scores again for Fiji at start of second half. Conversion successful by Peceli Nacebe. Fiji 12 Tonga 3


Halftime: Fiji 5 Tonga 3.


34min: penalty to Tonga unsuccessful by Oneone. Fiji 5 Tonga 3


22min: penalty to Tonga successful by Patelesio Oneone. Fiji 5 Tonga 3


8min: Fiji's no.8 Rupeni Vakasilimini gets Fiji's first points on the score board. Conversion unsuccessful by Isaia Nataba. Fiji 5 Tonga 0



Full Tournament Results:


Round 1: Tonga 81 Vanuatu 0, Fiji 63 Papua New Guinea 0

Round 2: Tonga 55 Papua New Guinea 16, Fiji 109 Vanuatu 6

Round 3: Fiji 19 Tonga 10, Papua New Guinea 80 Vanuatu 7


Last updated: Saturday December 5, 2015 3:54PM
Author: Greg Thomas