Tonga claim place in Wellington

(IRB.COM) Thursday 12 September 2013
 
 Tonga claim place in Wellington
Tonga beat Papua New Guinea at the Pacific Mini Games to win a place at the Hertz Sevens in Wellington

While Samoa claimed Rugby Sevens victory at the ninth Pacific Mini Games in Wallis & Futuna with victory over Fiji in the final, Tonga won a place at the Hertz Sevens by beating Papua New Guinea to third place. 

The Kafika Stadium played host to the Rugby Sevens competition at the ninth Pacific Mini Games in Wallis & Futuna on 10-11 September.

Under new coaching staff, a young Samoan side went unbeaten throughout the tournament, recording seven straight victories, including two against the Fijians.

The Tongans, meanwhile, lost to both Fiji and Samoa in round robin pool play, but won their final and all-important match against Papua New Guinea, giving them the one place available to non-core teams at the Hertz Sevens in Wellington on 7-8 February 2014, round 5 of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Pacific Mini Games 2013 - Rugby Sevens

10 September 2013 - Day one

Pool matches
Samoa 34-0 Tuvalu
Fiji 34-0 Wallis & Futuna
Tonga 14-7 New Caledonia
Samoa 40-0 PNG
Fiji 55-0 Tuvalu
Tonga 21-0 Wallis & Futuna
PNG 26-14 New Caledonia
Fiji 24-0 Tonga
Wallis & Futuna 10-12 Tuvalu
Samoa 66-0 New Caledonia
Tonga 57-0 Tuvalu
PNG 46-0 Wallis & Futuna

11 September 2013 - Day two (medal day)

Pool matches
New Caledonia 24-21 Tuvalu
Samoa 27-10 Tonga
Fiji 24-5 PNG
New Caledonia 36-14 Wallis & Futunu
Samoa 19-12 Fiji
PNG 50-0 Tuvalu
Samoa 50-0 Wallis & Futunu
Fiji 40-0 New Caledonia
Tonga 24-10 PNG

Knock-out and ranking matches

Wallis & Futunu 17-14 Tuvalu
New Caledonia 38-15 Wallis & Futunu

Semi-finals:
Samoa 49-14 PNG
Fiji 24-5 Tonga
 
3rd/4th (and HSBC Sevens World Series round 5 qualifying, Wellington):
Tonga 19-12 PNG

Final:
Samoa 31-12 Fiji

Wellington, New Zealand

Round 5
7-8 February 2014

Venue: Westpac Stadium
City: Wellington
Capacity: 36,000 

 
Pools
Pool A
TeamPlayedPts
ENG39
RSA37
WAL35
POR33
Pool B
TeamPlayedPts
FIJ39
NZL37
FRA35
ESP33
Pool C
TeamPlayedPts
CAN39
ARG37
SCO34
USA34
Pool D
TeamPlayedPts
AUS39
SAM37
KEN35
TON33
more
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