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Fiji claim Pacific Nations Cup 2015 crown

Fiji celebrates 39-29 win against Manu Samoa in PNC final in British Columbia. Photo: World Rugby

Fiji celebrates 39-29 win against Manu Samoa in PNC final in British Columbia. Photo: World Rugby

Fiji sent out a Rugby World Cup warning to their Pool A rivals England, Australia, Wales and Uruguay after a ruthless display of finishing saw them claim the Pacific Nations Cup 2015 title at the expense of rivals Samoa.

Fiji defeated Samoa 39-29 in a thrilling final at the Swangard Stadium in Burnaby to claim their second Pacific Nations Cup crown and head into RWC 2015 full of confidence

Second-rower Leone Nakawara grabbed two of his side’s five tries with the others coming from influential scrum-half Niko Matawalu, Kini Murimurivalu and Akapusi Qera in a see-saw contest that saw Fiji race into a 17-3 lead before being reeled back in by Samoa. But just as the physical Samoans appeared to have taken control of the contest, Fiji came storming back with three quickfire tries that saw them reclaim the initiative and pull clear.

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Fiji face Samoa in final

Manu Samoa launch another attack against Canada at the BMO Field in Toronto. Photo: World ugby

Manu Samoa launch another attack against Canada at the BMO Field in Toronto. Photo: World Rugby

Samoa and Fiji will meet again in the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup 2015 final after both maintained their unbeaten records with tight victories over hosts Canada and Japan in Toronto on Wednesday.

The Samoans needed a try on the stroke of full-time by Sakaria Taulafo to snatch a 21-20 victory over Canada, the replacement prop catching a loose ball off a ricochet from a lineout to dive over and secure the final place.

Fiji, who had played out a thrilling 30-30 draw with Samoa in round two, had to hang on for a 27-22 victory against Japan, finishing the match with only 13 players as the Brave Blossoms came within inches of completing their comeback with another try.

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Fiji resist Eagles comeback

Watisoni Votu scored a brace for Fiji. Photo: Planet Rugby

Watisoni Votu scored a brace for Fiji. Photo: Planet Rugby

Fiji held on to stave off a second-half comeback from the USA Eagles to win 20-14 in Friday’s Test match in Vannes, France.

First half tries from Montpellier full-back Timoci Nagusa and wing Watisoni Votu, who also plies his club trade in France at second division Perpignan, helped the Pacific Islanders to a 15-0 half-time lead as Nemani Nadolo of Crusaders knocked over a conversion and a penalty.

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Island teams get RWC dress rehearsals in November

Wales play Fiji in an earlier Test. Photo: Skysports

Wales play Fiji in an earlier Test. Photo: Skysports

Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will enjoy the best preparation yet for a World Cup after the November Tests were announced by the International Rugby Board.

With some compelling matches, November will see Tier Two teams clash with some of the top sides in world rugby ahead of next year’s RWC.

Fiji, who open Rugby World Cup 2015 against host country England, will benefit from a demanding schedule as they face 2015 pool opponents Wales in Cardiff on November 15, just one week after they play France in Paris.

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