Fiji showed no mercy to their Pacific Island rivals as they hammered Tonga 45-17 in their Pacific Nations Cup clash.
Picking up where they left off against Italy last week, Fiji ran in six tries in Luatoka. Four of those went to two players, with Watisoni Votu and Sireli Bobo both scoring twice along with tries from Akapusi Qera and Nemani Nadolo. Nadolo, the Crusaders star, started again at inside centre and was impressive off the kicking tee, scoring six conversions and a penalty.
Fiji flew out into a 17-0 lead after 14 minutes thanks that penalty and tries from Votu and Nadolo to start the contest at a blinding pace. Despite Fangatapu Apikotoa added a penalty to put Tonga on the board, Bobo struck again before half-time, the 38-year-old putting Fiji out of sight. Votu added his second after the interval but the match turned when Viliami Fihaki came off the bench for Tonga to score two tries, both converted by Latiume Fosita. Suddenly the contest wasn’t over at 31-17.
But Fiji had too much quality to not secure the result and scored two very late tries through Qera and Bobo’s second to seal the win.
Tries: Votu 2, Nadolo, Bobo 2, Qera
Cons: Nadolo 6
Tries: Fihaki 2
Fiji: 15 Timoci Nagusa, 14 Sireli Bobo, 13 Adriu Delai, 12 Nemani Nadolo, 11 Watisoni Votu, 10 Jonetani Ralulu, 9 Nikola Matawalu, 8 Akapusi Qera (capt), 7 Malakai Ravulo, 6 Dom Waqaninburotu, 5 Leone Nakawara, 4 Api Ratuniyarawa, 3 Manasa Saulo, 2 Tuapati Talemaitoga, 1 Campese Ma’afu.
Replacements: 16 Bill Veikoso, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 Isei Colati, 19 Api Naikatani, 20 Nemani Nagusa, 21 Nemia Kenatale, 22 Waisea Nayacalevu, 23 Metuisela Talebula.
Referee: Rohan Hoffman (Australia)
Assistant referees: JP Doyle (England), Mathieu Raynal (France)
Source: Planet Rugby