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Tonga qualify for RWC 2019 as Oceania 2

16 July 2017, 02:45 | Taylor George

Live Coverage For Fiji Vs Samoa Today On Fiji One

McKee On 2019 World Cup

VODAFONE Flying Fijians coach John McKee said speed out wide was the key to their 2017 Pacific Nations Cup win at Apia Park in Samoa yesterday. This is the final game of the tournament where the second Oceania spot will be decided.

But Samoa needed at least a bonus point in defeat to prevent Tonga claiming the second automatic qualifying place from Oceania. Tonga ended on six and Samoa on five.

Now Tonga can look forward to facing some of the biggest nations in the game in Japan, as they join a competitive Group C which consists of England, France, Argentina and the United States.

The Samoans, who finished a point behind Tonga in the standings across the two competitions, must now wait to learn the identity of the European team they will face next year to determine the Play-off victor qualifier in Pool A.

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Fiji had already secured the first Oceania qualifier spot after they beat Tonga 14-10 victory in Nuku'alofa on Saturday July 8.

Samoa coach Alama Ieremia was inevitably disappointed with the result, which will see his side slip one place to 16th when the World Rugby Rankings update at 12 noon on Monday, their lowest position since the rankings were introduced in 2003.

Seniloli completed his hattrick immediately after halftime, finishing a move in which Nagusa was again prominent.

Fiji 38 (Henry Seniloli 3, Jale Vatubua, Api Ratuniyawara tries; Ben Volavola 5 conversions, penalty), Samoa 16 (David Lemi try; Tusi Pisi conversion, 3 penalties), HT: 14-16.

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