Nuku'alofa -Fiji qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan with a second half
rally to beat Tonga 14-10 on Saturday in a Pacific Nations Cup match in
The score was locked at 3-3 at half-time after Fiji's Ben Volavola and Tonga's Sonatane Takula traded penalties.
opened up a 10-3 lead when Takula converted Siegfried Fisi'ihoi's try
early in the second spell before Fiji came back with a try to Leone
Nakarawa and then hit the front with two late Volavola penalties.
win ensured Fiji would take the Oceania 1 berth in Pool D at the World
Cup alongside Australia, Wales, Georgia and the winner of the Americas 2
qualifying pool which will be either Canada or Uruguay.
combined results from the 2016 and 2017 Pacific Nations Cup tournaments
used to determine the Oceania qualifiers, the 2016 titleholders Fiji
booked their ticket to Japan with a game to spare.
Italy and Scotland in warm up Tests before the Tonga clash have boosted
Fiji's world ranking and they now lie 10th on 78.06 points, just 1.44
points behind Argentina.
The Oceania 2 slot to join England,
France, Argentina and the United States in Pool C is wide open with
Samoa and Tonga equal on five points.
It will likely be decided next weekend when Samoa, who lost to Tonga last week, play Fiji.