Japan, USA, Fiji claim Pacific Nations Cup wins

Japan, USA, Fiji claim Pacific Nations Cup wins

Japan thrashed Tonga 41-7 in the Pacific Nations Cup, while the USA stunned Samoa and Fiji cruised past Canada.

Japan secured a confidence-boosting win ahead of the World Cup when they ran in five tries to sink the out of sorts Pacific Islanders.

Amanaki Mafi, Asaeli Ai Valu and Timothy Lafaele all crossed as the Brave Blossoms took a 21-0 lead at the break. Tonga hit back with a converted score of their own, but their joy was short lived. Japan added two further touchdowns to complete a lopsided victory.

Elsewhere, AJ MacGinty slotted a last-minute penalty to hand the USA a riveting 13-10 win over Samoa. MacGinty was the star of the show for coach Gary Gold’s side, accounting for all their points with a self-converted try and two penalties.

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