Fiji claim Pac Rim crown
July 8, 2001

Fiji have won this year's Pacific Rim Championship with a 28-17 victory over Samoa in the final in Tokyo.

Fly half Nicky Little was the star of the show for Fiji slotting over seven penalties and converting a try by Alfie Uluinayau.

In the 3rd/4th place play-off, Japan convincingly beat Canada 39-7 outscoring their North American opponents five tries to one.

Samoa 17 Fiji 28 (HT:12-9)

Scorers
Samoa: Try: Steve So'oialo. Penalty goals: Earl Va'a (3), Silao Laega.
Fiji: Try: Alfie Uluinayau. Conversion: Nicky Little. Penalty goals: Nicky
Little (7).

Teams
Samoa (15-1): Tanner Vili, Brian Lima, To'o Vaega (Terry Fanolua), Va'aiga Tuigamala, Elvis Seveali'i, Earl Va'a, Steven So'oialo, Junior Paramore, Craig Glendinning, Semo Setiti (captain), Lama Tone (Alfie To'oala), Opeta Palepoi, Polo Asi, Ace Tiatia (Trevor Leota), Kas Lealamanu'a.

Fiji (15-1): Norman Ligairi, Adriu Rinakama (Saimoni Rokini), Vili Satala (Dan Baleinadogo), Alfred Uluinayau, Vilimoni Delasau, Nicky Little, Jacob Rauluni (Sami Rabaka), Inoke Male, Alifereti Doviverata, Jope Tuikabe, Simon Raiwalui, Api Naevo (Sisa Koyamaibole), Bill Cavubati (Isaia Rasila), Greg Smith (captain), Henry Qiodravu (Peniasi Damu).

Japan 39 Canada 7 (HT:20-7)

Scorers
Japan: Tries: Toru Kurihara (2), Yuya Saito, Hideki Namba, Luatangi Vatuvei. Conversions: Toru Kurihara (4). Penalty goals: Toru Kurihara (2). Canada: Try: Phil Murphy. Conversion: Bob Ross.

Teams
Japan
(15-1): Hirotoki Onozawa, Toru Kurihara, Hideki Namba, Yukio Motoki, Terunori Masuho (Takafumi Hirao), Shotaro Onishi (Hideyuki Yoshida), Yuji Sonoda (Shinichi Tsukida), Yuya Saito, Takeomi Ito, Koichi Kubo (Kazuya Koizumi), Hiroyuki Tanuma (Jun Akune), Luatangi Vatuvei, Kazu Hamabe (Masahiko Toyoyama), Masaaki Sakata (captain), Shina Hasegawa.

Canada
(15-1): Jeff Williams, Jeremy Cordle, Shane Thompson, John Cannon (Kyle Nichols), Sean Fauth, Bob Ross (Mike Danskin), Morgan Williams, Phil Murphy, Colin Yukes, Brad Major (Ryan Banks), Ron Johnstone, Ed Knaggs, Kevin Wirachowski (Garth Cooke), Harry Toews (Pat Dunkley), Rod Snow - captain (Kevin Tkachuk).

Crowd: 6,000
Referee: Anetere'a Andrew Aiolupotea (Samoa)

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