Samoa qualify for Four Nations

Toa Samoa have qualified for the 2014 Four Nations Tournament as they defeated Fiji Bati 32-16 at Sportingbet Stadium in front of a passionate crowd of 9,063.

Cronulla Sharks half, Penani Manumalealii starred for Samoa as he ran in three tries (12th, 38th and 44th minute) with fancy footwork fooling the Fijian defence.

Fiji controlled the first half with tries to Kevin Naiqama (16th minute), James Storer (26th) and Lote Tuqiri (29th minute). To everyone's surprise, dual International, Lote Tuqiri was given the kicking duties for Fiji, slotting 2/3 attempts in his return to the kicking tee.

Despite trailing in the penalty count, Fiji lead Samoa 16-12 at the break after a thrilling forty minutes.

The second half didn't pan out for Fiji as they lost their play maker in Aaron Groom in the 43rd minute to injury as he failed a concussion test.

Penani Manumalealii opened the scoring in the second half after as he claimed his hat trick with his footwork taking Samoa to 18-16.

Korbin Sims could be missing from the Newcastle Knights pack due to a shoulder charge on hat-trick hero Manumalealii in the 50th minute. Krisnan Inu extended Samoa's lead to 4 points, 20-16.

The run of play all with Samoa as poor ball handling and ill-discipline cost Fiji opportunities. Samoa closed out the game with tries to Carlos Tuimavave (55th minute) and Daniel Vidot (63rd minute).

The Cronulla Sharks could be without Sam Tagatese in the following rounds of the NRL as he was sent off in the 77th minute as he head butt Kane Evans.

Toa Samoa proved too good for Fiji with their NRL experience enough to see them advance into the 2014 Four Nations. Samoa are set to clash with England in their first fixture on October 25th at Suncorp Stadium.


Match Details
Fiji Bati 16 Toa Samoa 32
Venue: Sportingbet Stadium Penrith
Crowd: 9063
Halftime Score: Fiji Bati 16 Toa Samoa 12

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Penani Manumalealii
2 points - Daniel Vidot
1 point - Carlos Tuimavave

FIJI BATI (16)
Tries: Kevin Naiqama, Lote Tuqiri, James Storer
Field Goals:
Conversions: Lote Tuqiri (2/3)
Penalty Goals:

TOA SAMOA (32)
Tries: Penani Manumalealii (3), Carlos Tuimavave, Daniel Vidot
Field Goals:
Conversions: Krisnan Inu (5/5)
Penalty Goals: Krisnan Inu (1/1)


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

Welcome to LeagueUnlimited's live coverage Sportingbet Stadium, we are going through the pre-match ceremonies with national anthems of both nations.

1: UNDERWAY at Sportingbet Stadium as Samoa kick off to give Fiji first use of the ball. A spot in the 2014 Four Nations on the line in this contest

2: Eto Nabuli is trapped in goal off a great little kick from Peter Mata'utia, line drop out for Samoa

4: Michael Sio's kick is a good one as it bounced enough to force Kevin Naiqama to play at the ball. Another line drop out to give Samoa their second repeat set

5: Isaac Liu is cleaned up by Korbin Sims by an incredible hit on the goal line. Impressive defence on the try line by Fiji

7: Kevin Naiqama allows the floating kick to bounce, back to the 20 metre line for the 1st tackle with no zero tackle count due to international rules.

8: Daniel Vidot with a brilliant catch in goal earns Samoa a 20m tap.

9: First penalty to the Samoa side for a hold down in the ruck. James Storer the one penalised for not clearing the ruck. Samoa advance to the Fiji 30 metre line.

10: Young Tonumaipea unable to take a catch of a kick in goal, another line drop out sees the Samoan's get their 3rd repeat set

11: VIDEO REFEREE for the Samoan's we have a TRY for Penani Manumalealii. Looking at double movement

12: TRY TOA SAMOA
Scored by Penani Manumalealii. Kick to come.

Penani Manumalealii gets GREEN LIGHTS as he charged and stepped through the Fiji defence to claim first points in this Pacific Test Match.

13: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION TOA SAMOA
Conversion attempt by Krisnan Inu successful.

Krisnan Inu with the conversion attempt from right in front slots the extras to make it a 6 point lead

16: TRY FIJI BATI
Scored by Kevin Naiqama. Kick to come.

Kevin Naiqama gets Fiji's first points as he placed a grubber kick through the line and he chased through to dive on the ball before the dead ball line.

17: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION FIJI BATI
Conversion attempt by Lote Tuqiri successful.

Lote Tuqiri with the conversion attempt nails the goal from out wide on the eastern side

21: UNFORCED ERROR TOA SAMOA
Young Tonumaipea makes an unforced error.

Young Tonumaipea leapt for the ball as Eto Nabuli raced in to shut him down. Scrum for Fiji 10 metres out from the Samoa try line.

22: Kevin Naiqama put in a grubber kick mid set is collected by Penani Manumalealii. Samoa with possession deep in their own half

24: Penalty to Samoa, Fiji holds too long in the ruck. Second penalty of the game for Samoa. Kick for touch from Krisnan Inu gives possession 10 metres shy of the half way line.

25: UNFORCED ERROR TOA SAMOA
Leeson Ah Mau makes an unforced error.

Leeson Ah Mau ruled to have lost possession in the ruck. Scrum for Fiji 10 metres short of the half way line inside the Samoa half

26: TRY FIJI BATI
Scored by James Storer. Kick to come.

James Storer has stolen a try as he snuck over from acting half, beautiful work from the dummy half to dart over on last tackle

28: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION FIJI BATI
Conversion attempt by Lote Tuqiri successful.

Lote Tuqiri with the conversion remains pin-point slotting his second conversion

29: TRY FIJI BATI
Scored by Lote Tuqiri. Kick to come.

Lote Tuqiri with a dancing step darts over for the Fijians as the play started with James Storer who bolted downfield 50 metres in the previous play. Sims with the offload over the top steps up Lote to score.

31: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION FIJI BATI
Conversion attempt by Lote Tuqiri unsuccessful.

Lote Tuqiri with the goal attempt is unable to convert his own try as he pushes the kick to the right of the posts

34: Daniel Vidot gets a penalty as the Sims brother work him over in the ruck. Immediately following we have time off as things get over the top with pushing between teams.

35: Time off with two players down following a head clash. Dominique Peyroux and Aaron Groom coming together in a nasty tackle.

36: UNFORCED ERROR FIJI BATI
Kaliova Tani makes an unforced error.

Kaliova Tani looking to get a kick away, unable to get hands on the ball clean and comes up with a mistake. Samoa on the attack 40 metres out

37: Manumalealii draws a penalty and takes the quick tap 30 metres out from the Fiji try line

38: TRY TOA SAMOA
Scored by Penani Manumalealii. Kick to come.

Penani Manumalealii rewarded for his efforts and claims his second try as he took an offload from Sam Tagataese to dance over under the posts

39: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION TOA SAMOA
Conversion attempt by Krisnan Inu successful.

Krisnan Inu with the conversion attempt from right in front slots the extras to make it a 4 point game.

40: HALF TIME at Sportingbet Stadium in this Pacific Test Match sees Fiji take a 16-12 lead over Samoa

41: Second half is UNDERWAY here at Sportingbet Stadium as the Fijian's kick off

43: Penalty to the Samoans as they attack 10 metres out from the Fiji try line.

43: INJURY UPDATE: Aaron Groom will NOT return for Fiji tonight, failed a concussion test at half time

44: TRY TOA SAMOA
Scored by Penani Manumalealii. Kick to come.

Penani Manumalealii has his HAT TRICK as he slipped through the Fiji try line defence. Amazing footwork to get over the goal line to draw the game level.

45: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION TOA SAMOA
Conversion attempt by Krisnan Inu successful.

Krisnan Inu from out wide on the western sideline slots the conversion attempt to give Samoa a two point lead

48: Lote places a kick in goal and it's taken on the full by Samoa. 20 metre tap for them as a result.

50: UNSUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL TOA SAMOA
Penalty goal attempt by Krisnan Inu unsuccessful.

Krisnan Inu nails the penalty goal to give Samoa a 4 point lead as Korbin Sims was penalised and placed on report for a shoulder charge on Penani Manumalealii.

52: Krisnan Inu cleans up what could have ended up a Fiji 40/20, Samoa with possession 30 metres off their try line.

54: VIDEO REFEREE for Samoa, Looking at a possible try.

55: TRY TOA SAMOA
Scored by Carlos Tuimavave. Kick to come.

Carlos Tuimavave gets GREEN LIGHTS as he juggled and somehow managed ground the ball as he tackled from behind after taking the Vidot chip kick.

57: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION TOA SAMOA
Conversion attempt by Krisnan Inu successful.

Krisnan Inu slots the conversion attempt to extend the lead to 10 points.

60: Penalty to the Fijians, held in the ruck too long by the Samoans. They attack 10 metres out

60: ZERO TACKLE for the Fijians, they attack 3 metres out from the Samoa try line

61: Korbin Sims offloaded over the top as he was tackled, Maitua intercepted the ball. Saved a try for Samoa who attack 20 metres off their try line now

62: Dominique Peyroux earns a penalty as the ball was ruled to have been stripped. Samoa kick for touch and attack 35 metres out from the Fiji try line

63: TRY TOA SAMOA
Scored by Daniel Vidot. Kick to come.

Daniel Vidot takes a beautiful offload from Krisnan Inu has he went to ground. Incredible try from Samoa.

66: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION TOA SAMOA
Conversion attempt by Krisnan Inu successful.

Krisnan Inu from the eastern sideline of the ground and it's split between the uprights.

68: Krisnan Inu places a grubber kick down the sideline and earns a line drop out.

69: Accidental offside the ruling as the Samoans looked for an offload through Carlos Tuimavave. Scrum for the Fijians.

71: Penalty to the Samoans as the Fijians were held in the ruck. Carlos kick for touch and attack 30 metres out

72: Fiji earn their second penalty of the match for a twisting tackle. Marika Koroibete bolts off a quick tap and gains 60 metres.

72: VIDEO REFEREE for Fiji, we have NO TRY for Lote Tuqiri

73: NO TRY is the call against Lote Tuqiri as he was held up in goal by Young Tonumaipea in a great tackle. Back to the 10 metre line.

77: Penalty to the Fijians, their third of the game. Fiji attack...well it doesn't find touch so the Samoans attack 5 metres short of half way

77: SENT OFF
Sam Tagataese is sent off the field.

Sam Tagataese has been SENT OFF for a head butt

77: Penalty to the Samoans for an obstruction.

80: FULL TIME at Sportingbet Stadium has seen Samoa qualify for the 2014 Four Nations Tournament with a 32-16 victory over Fiji.

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