World Cup Rugby

Fiji women beat Samoa to qualify for first Rugby World Cup

The home side outscored the Manusina by six tries to two in Lautoka on Saturday, with fullback Aloesi Nakoci scoring two long-range efforts in the first half and first five Lavena Cavuru finishing with two tries, four conversions and a penalty goal for an impressive 21-point haul.

Fijiana XV captain Sereima Leweniqila said, despite an impressive scoreline, the game was far from easy.

"They were a tough team - we knew they were going to come out hard," she said.

Pacific Island pride on line in title decider

They played out a thrilling 30-30 draw in round two in Sacramento, Samoa denying Fiji victory with a last gasp penalty by Patrick Fa’apale, and both reached the final with unbeaten records in the six-team competition.

Injuries have robbed coach Stephen Betham of hooker Motu Matuu (delayed concussion), scrum-half Pele Cowley (shoulder) and centre Paul Perez (rib), the latter having scored a brace of tries in the draw with Samoa.