Island teams need to break into new ground

Samoa doing the siva tau in an international against Fiji. Photo: Zoomfiji

Samoa doing the siva tau in an international against Fiji. Photo: Zoomfiji

All three Pacific island teams have been world beaters in their own right in the past seven competitions but will the islanders break new ground in meeting up in the knock out stages in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Fiji will have to win Pool A to meet Samoa, as the second team from Pool B if they are to cross swords or vice versa, Samoa topping Pool B and Fiji making the second team from Pool A to advance to the quarterfinals.

And if the first quarterfinal between Samoa (2nd Pool B) and Fiji (top Pool A) did transpire the winner will face Tonga in the semifinal with Tonga having to come second in their Pool C after New Zealand and winning their quarterfinal against Ireland.

Then the winner of the islands semifinal will have to play either New Zealand or South Africa in the final.

But if Fiji (2nd) qualifies from Pool A and faces Samoa (1st Pool B) in the quarterfinal, the only eventuality of a clash with Tonga would be in the final with the Ikale Tahi having to win their quarterfinal against Ireland (1st Pool D) and win against the Australia (or England) in their semifinal.

The quarterfinal winner between Samoa and Fiji will then have to beat New Zealand in the semi-final to get to the final.

The Tier One nations have had their say in most of the presses around the globe but the islanders will have to stamp their mark on the world stage in a bigger way this time around if this was to happen.

The stage is set; Fiji will have to make a mark on the opening match of the competition by setting the atmosphere to their island siblings by beating the hosts.

Time will tell . . . .

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