Fiji cemented their place in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan after a 14-10 win over Tonga in Nuku’alofa on Saturday.
The result also secured Fiji the Pacific Nations Cup title for the second straight year.
As the scoreline suggests, this was a tight affair and Tonga led 10-3 at half-time. This after Ben Volavola gave the visitors the lead off the kicking tee before Newcastle Falcons scrum-half Sonatane Takulua drew Tonga level thanks to a penalty of his own.
A Siegfried Fisi’ihoi try, converted by Takulua then give Tonga the lead but Fiji came back strongly in the second half as Leone Nakarawa crossed for their only try before Volavola added two penalties.
Fiji’s win means they take the Oceania 1 berth at the World Cup and they join Australia, Wales, Georgia in Pool D as well as the winner of the Americas 2 qualifier between Canada and Uruguay.