Fiji fight back to edge Tonga

Date published: June 11 2016

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Fiji came from 0-15 down at the break to beat Tonga 23-18 at ANZ National Stadium in Suva in the opening match of the Pacific Nations Cup.

Saturday's win was a game of two halves as Tonga were flying at the interval thanks to Pila Iongi and Tane Takulua's tries that rocked Fiji.

But the hosts recovered after the break as Ben Volavola and Nemia Soqeta crossed before a 74th minute Eremasi Radrodro try sealed victory.

Fiji will take on Samoa in their second match of the tournament, again in Suva, next Saturday while Tonga will host Georgia in a friendly game.

The scorers:

For Fiji:
Tries: Volavola, Soqeta, Radrodro
Con: Bai
Pen: Bai 2

For Tonga:
Tries: Iongi, Takulua
Con: Takulua
Pen: Taulua 2

Fiji: 15 Samisoni Viriviri, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Vereniki Goneva, 12 Seremaia Baikeinuku, 11 Adriu Delai, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Nemia Kenatale, 8 Nemia Soqeta, 7 Malakai Ravulo, 6 Naulia Dawai, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Tevita Cavubati, 3 Leeroy Atalifo, 2 Sunia Koto (c), 1 Campese Ma'afu
Replacements: 16 Viliame Veikoso, 17 Peni Ravai, 18 Taniela Koroi, 19 Savenaca Tabakanalagi, 20 Eremasi Radrodro, 21 Henry Seniloli, 22 Serupepeli Vularika, 23 Benito Masilevu

Tonga: 15 Tevita Halaifonua, 14 Pila 'Iongi, 13 Nafi Tuitavake, 12 Viliami Hakalo, 11 Taniela Kilioni, 10 Latiume Fosita, 9 Tane Takulua, 8 Sione Kalamafoni, 7 Jack Ram, 6 Nili Latu (c), 5 Uili Kolo'ofai, 4 Dan Faleafa, 3 Sione Faletau, 2 Elvis Taione, 1 Eddie 'Aholelei
Replacements: 16 Sione Anga'aelangi, 17 Kama Sakalia, 18 Fusi Malimali, 19 Opeti Fonua, 20 Sione Tau, 21 Wayne Ngaluafe, 22 Apakuki Ma'afu, 23 Kali Hala

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Brendan Pickerill (New Zealand)

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