Warriors lose to Chiefs Underline 10 March, 2011 As the six month countdown to Rugby World Cup 2011 was reached on Wednesday, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga continued their preparations with a second round of matches for their A sides against New Zealand Super Rugby franchises in the IRB Pacific Rugby Cup 2011.

The three matches did not yield a victory for the Pacific Island sides, but the margins of defeat narrowed from last Friday with Samoa A coming closest to breaking that duck, leading the Crusader Knights late on before ultimately falling 22-21 in Timaru.

The losing bonus point takes Samoa A out on their own at the top of the standings with 10 points, one more than Fiji Warriors who fell 25-10 to the Chiefs Development team with Tonga A on six points still after losing 41-10 to the Hurricanes Development outfit.


Tonga A may have slipped to a second defeat on New Zealand soil, but the outing against the Hurricanes Development team gave them a chance to have a closer look at the Hutt Recreation Ground which will be one of their training venues at Rugby World Cup 2011.

The Tongans will use the Wellington venue in the build up to their final Pool A match against France on 1 October, and national coach Isitolo Maka is delighted by the challenges this Pacific Rugby Cup competition is posing for his players.

"The tournament is really good and we are enjoying it so far," insisted Maka. "It is also good to play against different competition and these guys are at a different level, which is good for us."

The Hurricanes Development team, who had beaten Samoa A 33-0 last Saturday, opened the scoring in the 17th minute when wing Joelin Rapana touched down and by half time that advantage had grown to 19-3 with a penalty try and score by full back Jason Woodward.

The score remained that way until the hour mark, Sione Fonua having missed an opportunity to cut the deficit with a missed penalty, but three tries in seven minutes through wing James So'oialo and replacements Motu Matu'u and Api Naikatini put the match beyond doubt.

Tonga A did manage to cross the Hurricanes Development try-line six minutes from time through centre Charles Mateo, but the home side had the final say with replacement Greg Lealofi touching down for their seventh try of the evening.

Full reports for the other matches will follow.

The New Zealand Series will climax on Monday, 14 March, when the Hurricanes Development team face the Fiji Warriors at Poirura Park, the Crusader Knights tackle Tonga A at Lincoln University and the Chiefs Development meet Samoa A in Pukekohe.

The IRB Pacific Rugby Cup will then draw to a conclusion in Fiji with the three Pacific Island sides coming together for a round robin to ultimately crown the 2011 champions, before the trio look forward to the IRB Pacific Nations Cup in Japan in July and then RWC 2011. 

Article courtesy of
Other March 2011 News Underline
French Rugby's Fijian Star Chasers 31 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup suspensions and transfers 31 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 5 Team Lists - Tailevu v Northland 30 March, 2011 
Matavesi to join Bobo at Racing Metro 29 March, 2011 
NZ win 2011 HK 7s 28 March, 2011 
Players fly out to join team 28 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 4 Results 28 March, 2011 
2011 Digicel Cup Round Four Tables 28 March, 2011 
Warriors claim PRC title as Tonga beats Samoa 26 March, 2011 
PM presents jerseys to team in HK 25 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 4 Team Lists 25 March, 2011 
PRC team lists - Samoa A v Tonga A 24 March, 2011 
Tonga's Palu suspended for two weeks 23 March, 2011 
A weekend off and Nalaga departs 23 March, 2011 
Warriors defeat Samoa A 22 March, 2011 
PRC team lists - Fiji Warriors v Samoa A 21 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup Round Three Results 20 March, 2011 
2011 Digicel Cup Round 3 Tables 20 March, 2011 
Warriors keep PRC title chances alive 19 March, 2011 
Bolakoro in top form and Nadolo and the beer truck 17 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 3 Team Lists 17 March, 2011 
Experienced squad heads for Hong Kong 16 March, 2011 
Decision on Christchurch's Hosting of Rugby World Cup 2011 Matches 16 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 3 Team Lists - Nadroga v Macuata 16 March, 2011 
Samoa A lead Warriors on PRC table 15 March, 2011 
Nadi pushes Naitasiri close 13 March, 2011 
2011 Digicel Cup Round 2 Tables 13 March, 2011 
Media Advisory - Digicel Fiji 7s camp 12 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup Round Two Results 12 March, 2011 
Waqaniburotu drafted into Warriors line-up 11 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup Rd 2 Team Lists - Nadi, Naitasiri and Navosa 11 March, 2011 
Warriors lose to Chiefs 10 March, 2011 
Tagicakibau - shoulder operation puts World Cup in doubt 10 March, 2011 
Fiji's European team 10 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup - Rd 2 Team Lists 10 March, 2011 
Tailevu 2011 Squad Lists 10 March, 2011 
Naitasiri 2011 Squad Lists 10 March, 2011 
Nadroga 2011 Squad Lists 10 March, 2011 
Nadi 2011 Squad Lists 10 March, 2011 
Ovalau 2011 Squad List 10 March, 2011 
Rewa 2011 Squad Lists 10 March, 2011 
Northland Squad 2011 Lists 10 March, 2011 
Navosa 2011 Squad List 10 March, 2011 
Tavua 2011 Squad Lists 10 March, 2011 
Suva 2011 Squad Lists 10 March, 2011 
Player indiscipline to be addressed 09 March, 2011 
Macuata 2011 Squad List 09 March, 2011 
Lautoka 2011 Squad Lists 09 March, 2011 
IRB Statement Regarding the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union 08 March, 2011 
Players suspended 08 March, 2011 
Remington signs with Fiji Rugby 08 March, 2011 
Tonawai and Natua to join 7s camp 08 March, 2011 
Cakau and Kolinisau prepare for Hong Kong 07 March, 2011 
Camp for Fiji U20s 07 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup - Rd 1 round-up 07 March, 2011 
Brothers start for Warriors 07 March, 2011 
2011 Digicel Cup Rd 1 Tables 07 March, 2011 
Round One Table - U20s 07 March, 2011 
New Zealand sides too good in PRC 05 March, 2011 
Digicel Cup Round One Results 05 March, 2011 
Naitasiri beats Nadroga in Digicel Cup opener 04 March, 2011 
Domoni named in Warriors starting XV 03 March, 2011 
Naitasiri stands down Tonawai 03 March, 2011 
Top teams clash in Digicel Cup opener 02 March, 2011 
2011 Digicel Cup launch 02 March, 2011 
Warriors surrender unbeaten record 01 March, 2011 
Rugby family unites to support Christchurch 01 March, 2011 
La Vie Francaise - Fijian Style 01 March, 2011 
Copyright © 2015 Fiji Rugby Union | Privacy Policy
Play all your favourite games in our online casino and win money.
[Designed and developed by Oceanic Communications, Official FRU Online Communications Partner]
Fiji Rugby Sponsers