Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship: Fijiana to meet Samoa in final

Action between Fiji and PNG. Picture: SUPPLIED/ World Rugby

DEFENDING champions Fiji and Samoa will meet to determine the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship 2018 winners on Saturday after both enjoyed emphatic victories over Papua New Guinea and Tonga respectively in the second round of matches on Tuesday as reported by World Rugby.

Hosts, The Fiji airways Fijiana ran out 96-0 winners over Papua New Guinea yesterday while before which Samoa thumped Tonga 68-7.

World Rugby reports the Fijiana side featuring a number of their sevens stars proved too strong for Papua New Guinea, their display of attacking rugby leading to 13 tries being scored in a 96-0 victory.

Luisa Tisolo opened the scoring after only 32 seconds with prop Lailanie Burnes, number eight Karalaini Naisewa, winger Salote Vakaturi, flanker Jiowana Sauto and prop Makereta Tunidau following her across the line in the opening half hour.

Tisolo then grabbed her second before flanker Lavenia Tinai and Sauto crossed to make it 53-0 at half-time.

Captain Rusila Nagasau got the scoreboard moving again within a minute of the restart with Tima Ravisa (2), fly-half Tokasa Seniyasi, replacement Taraivini Adriraba, former sevens captain Ana Maria Roqica and a penalty try completed the scoring.

Fijiana’s attacking rugby meant that Papua New Guinea were unable to find space and have time on the ball to get it into the hands of their fast wingers as they had against Samoa on day one.

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