Tonga qualify for 2019 World Cup after Fiji beat Samoa

Fiji crush Samoa in Apia as Tonga qualifies for 2019 Rugby World Cup

The likelihood is that Samoa will now end up alongside Scotland, Ireland, hosts Japan and a European qualifier in Pool A in 2019.

Tonga qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan without having to play on Saturday after a hat-trick of tries from scrumhalf Henry Seniloli helped Fiji to a 38-16 win over Samoa in Apia.

Fiji's coach, John McKee, says their focus is on doing what they do, better, rather than looking to take advantage of any lack of confidence or just plain nervousness in the Samoan ranks.

The rain started to fall at half-time, but it didn't faze Fiji who unleashed a 15-man game that stretched Samoa wide.

The Fijians also won both of their games past year, beating Tonga 23-18 and Samoa 26-16 in Suva before they qualified for Japan last week with their third win.

Fiji will play in Pool D at the World Cup with Australia, Wales, Georgia and either Canada or Uruguay.

The result puts Tonga in Pool C, the so-called "Pool of Death", at the 2019 World Cup, alongside England, France, Argentina and USA. The tactics worked and in the damp conditions Fiji scored three more tries through Senioli, centre Jale Vatubua and replacement Apisalome Ratuniyarawa. "I'd like to congratulate Fiji for their win in the PNC", Lemi said. "This is a talented group and we have some younger talent emerging also".

"It is an ambitious goal as RWC is incredibly hard but you have to be ambitious to succeed".

Seniloli scored his second when winger Vereniki Goneva made a break down the right flank.

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