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Too little too late

Arin Kumar
Sunday, June 22, 2014

THEY came, they saw, they conquered.

That is exactly what Samoa did when they beat the Vodafone Flying Fijians 18-13 in the Pacific Nations Cup match yesterday.

They arrived into the country and the first thing Samoa did was see the video of the Fiji versus Tonga game and then they used it to their advantage to beat the hosts at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Captain David Lemi revealed that they did their homework after watching Fiji's performance against Tonga on video.

"They first thing we did when we came to Fiji was watch their video of the game against Tonga and we knew it was not going to be easy," he said.

The win ensured Samoa top spot in the Pacific conference meaning Fiji has lost its grip on the Pacific Nations Cup title.

Fly half Tusi Pisi scored all of Samoa's points via penalties while Nemani Nadolo and Napolioni Nalaga scored for Fiji and Nadolo kicked a penalty.

The narrow loss gave Fiji a losing bonus point however it was not enough as Samoa's 18-all draw two weeks ago gave them a point advantage and thus they took the top spot.

Fiji lock Leone Nakarawa was yellow- carded in the first half while Samoa's wingers Fautua Otto and Lemi were yellow carded in the second half.

Flying Fijians coach John McKee admitted indiscipline let them down and they were unlucky to miss their opportunities in scoring points.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't play to our game plan and got sucked into their game," he said.

"We were unlucky not to use the ball as we should have and we gave away too many kickable penalties."

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