In the Pacific Nations Cup at ANZ Stadium in Suva, it was Fiji who came out on top in a typically hard-fought Pacific rivalry between the home side and Manu Samoa.

The Flying Fijians scored the only try of the match in the 10-3 victory and what a try it was.

Right wing Vereniki Goneva became Fiji’s record try-scorer as he finished a 80m team effort by dotting down early in the second half.

Goneva, who recently signed for English club Harlequins, has now scored 21 tries in the Fiji jersey.

Samoa dominated many of the game statistics but failed to capitalise, particularly early on with first five UJ Seuteni missing a couple of penalty shots and a drop goal in the first half.

Fiji coach John McKee acknowledged the match was a tough “physical arm wrestle.”

He gave credit to Samoa for putting his team under pressure and forcing them into mistakes.

Samoa coach Steve Jackson was pretty happy and said he wasn’t sure his team had deserved to win.

“The scoreline doesn’t reflect how our team went.”

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