The Fiji women’s rugby team have qualified for their first ever World Cup after outclassing Samoa 41-13 in the Oceania qualifying final at the weekend.
The home side outscored the Manusina by six tries to two in Lautoka on Saturday, with fullback Aloesi Nakoci scoring two long-range efforts in the first half and first five Lavena Cavuru finishing with two tries, four conversions and a penalty goal for an impressive 21-point haul.
Fijiana XV captain Sereima Leweniqila said, despite an impressive scoreline, the game was far from easy.
“They were a tough team – we knew they were going to come out hard,” she said.
“It was a tough game: the first 10, 20 minutes they were really hard up on us but we just stuck together and I would just like to thank them for the game, it was a good one.”