RUGBY
Posted: Sunday June 23, 2013 3:56 AM

Fiji beats Tonga 34-21 to win Pacific Nations Cup

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TOKYO (AP) -Nemani Nadolo and Napoliani Nalaga ran in tries as Fiji scored 20 points in the second half Sunday to beat Tonga 34-21 and win the Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament.

Tonga took an 11-0 lead with a try by Fraser Anderson and two penalties by Thomas Palu.

Tries to Sireli Bobo and Nalaga allowed Fiji to erase the deficit and leave the scores level at 14-14 at halftime.

Nadolo and Nalaga crossed after the break to give Fiji the lead for good and a late penalty by Seremaia Baikeinuku in the 74th minute put the result beyond doubt for Fiji.

A penalty by Palu and a late try by Tonga captain Nili Latu was all the scoring Tonga could manage after the break. Fiji finished the tournament with 16 points, three ahead of Canada. Tonga was third with 10 points.

Japan beat the United States 38-20 in Sunday's second match to finish fourth.

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Scores:

Fiji 34 (Napolioni Nalaga 2, Sireli Bobo, Nemani Nadolo, tries; Seremaia Baikeinuku 4 conversions, 2 penalties), Tonga (Fraser Anderson, Nili Latu, tries, Thomas Palu 3 penalties, Siale Fahiua, conversion). HT 14-14.

 
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