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Fiji and Georgia win first round of Pacific Nations Cup

By Ruci Farrell - ruci.farrell@pmn.co.nz

Georgia and Fiji have both managed narrow victories at the Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament, which kicked off at Suva's ANZ Stadium over the weekend.

Fiji stuck up their defence to win 24 - 22 against Samoa. Photo/ Fiji Rugby.

Last minute tries by Tonga's David Lolohea and David Halaifonua saw the 'Ikale Tahi pile on the points towards the end of the game, but missed conversions gave Georgia the game, 16 to 15.

Fiji led its game 24 to 3, before Samoa fired back three tries, that ended the game with a tense score of 24 to 22.

Flying Fijians manager Willy Baleinabuli says the game could have gone either way.

"We expected the game to be tough and we were fortunate enough to come out with a close win," he says. 

"It could've gone either way. Now we go back to the drawing board and there's a big game next week against Georgia which is not going to be easy."

Manu Samoa will play Tonga's 'Ikale Tahi next, while Fiji are set to play Georgia in Suva next weekend.

'Ikale Tahi was defeated 16 to 15 by Georgia. Photo/ Fiji Sun Online.

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