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Tough match expected in second battle

Maciu Malo
Saturday, December 02, 2017

EXPECT another tough and physical battle when Pacific rugby arch-rivals Tonga and Fiji battle in their second and final Oceania rugby battle at Lautoka's Churchill Park this afternoon.

Their first game on Tuesday ended in a 15-all draw and this time both teams will be to settle the score.

The winner for this competition will secure a spot in the 2018 World Rugby under-20 Trophy and the 2018 Oceania Rugby U20s championship joining Samoa.

Tongan prop Lisiate Sole said he was confident of a win in their second Test.

"I believe this is the first time to draw against Fiji on their home turf," said Sole referring to their first game.

"And we are confident of winning the second Test. We just need to rectify some of the basic errors we committed and play as a unit to beat Fiji. I have faith in my team and we will be back to win our second game."

Fijian skipper Ratu Veremalua Vugakoto said his boys played well in their first game, but they gave away penalties for Tonga to capitalise.

Fiji scored two tries in their first game while Tonga's 15 points were scored from five penalties.

"We really need to improve and stop giving easy penalties," said Vugakoto.

"The boys played well and gave their best in our first game but there is still room for improvement.

"I am confident of bouncing back strongly in our second game and we will give our best to win."

The game kicks off at 5pm.

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