Pacific Challenge: Tonga A takes third spot

Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors captain Tuidraki Samusamuvodre on attack against Tonga A during their World Rugby Pacific Challenge match at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Tonga A ended its 2020 World Rugby Pacific Challenge campaign on a high note after holding Samoa A to a 36-10 win in the rain at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.

Tonga A captain Patelesio Oneone was jubilant that despite a hard fought contest they were able to go home after securing third place in the series.

“It was a good game, we focused for a win and we got it,” said Oneone.

Tonga proved the stronger side shooting off to an early 19-3 lead at half-time with tries to blindside flanker Finepolo Ma’afu, number eight Petelo Pouhila and skipper Oneone also adding a try and two conversions.

Tonga extended their lead after the break with two tries to Viliami Maka’afi and Pouhila getting a second.

Oneone also extended his tally with two conversions and a drop goal.

Samoa’s lone consolation try came through a penalty try after a collapsed scrum five metres from the Tonga tryline.

Despite the loss, Samoa skipper Joseph Faleafaga said they had taken a lot away from this year’s tournament especially with the core of the team made up of U20 players.

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