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A vocal crowd packed into Western Weekender Stadium in St Mary?s to see the Fijians score two tries in the final six minutes of the game to snatch a vital win.
Tonga looked to have sealed the game when Andrew Emelio crossed in the 71st minute but the Fijians refused to accept defeat. Semisi Tora showed great strength to crash over in the 74th minute and Semesa Codrakilagi put Fiji ahead when he stepped inside the tiring defence to score with two minutes remaining.
The win by Fiji means that it will not be until the third and final round is contested when we find out which top two nations advance to the World Cup in 2008. If Tonga beats Samoa and Fiji overpowers Cook Islands, three nations (Fiji, Samoa and Tonga) will finish on the same number of points.
It will then come down to for and against.
Fiji 30 (Hamilton Hughes, James Lagiloa, Wes Naiqama, Semisi Tora, Semesa Codrakilagi tries; Naiqama 5 goals) d. Tonga 28 (Fetuli Talanoa, John Sinisa, Manase Manukafoa, William Tapai, Andrew Emelio tries; Joel Taufa?ao 4 goals) at Western Weekender Stadium. Crowd: 3813.
Referee: Gavin Badger
Referee: Jason Robinson.
P W L F A PTS Samoa 2 2 0 76 34 4 + 42 Tonga 2 1 1 84 44 2 + 40 Fiji 2 1 1 58 58 2 0 Cook Is. 2 0 2 102 20 0 - 82