Full Time Report: Samoa 4 Fiji 22

Fiji will be singing their hymns and saying their prayers at Wembley on Saturday after an emphatic and deserved victory over Samoa in Warrington.

Their quarter final will be remembered for the work rate and explosive running of wingers Marika Koroibete and Akuila Uate who constantly put the Samoans on the back foot.

After leading by 14 points at the break the Fijians restricted Samoa to just one try, from Antonio Winterstein midway through the second half.

Otherwise the Fijian defence stood firm, and after Samoan Tim Lafai had been placed on report for a high tackle on Jayson Bukuya their goalkicker, Wes Naiqama, kicked a penalty ten minutes from time.

Their quarter final win and passage to Wembley was complete when Junior Roqica scored beneath the posts two minutes from time with a converted try.

At the end both teams showed the emotion of the occasion, tears of despair from Samoa with tears of joy from the Fijians.


See Monday’s League Express for a full match report and reaction.