5 May 2018

Sport: Pride on the line for Fiji, Tonga Under 20s

9:56 am on 5 May 2018

Fiji and Samoa go head to head today in a bid to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon in the Oceania Rugby U20s Championships.

Fiji have conceded 106 points in heavy defeats by Australia and New Zealand on the Gold Coast, while Tonga have leaked a whopping 188 points against the same opponents.

Fiji's U20s are don't want the wooden spoon

Fiji's U20s are don't want the wooden spoon Photo: Fiji Rugby

The Fijians finished winless and bottom 12 months ago and captain Raikabula Momoedonu said they don't want a repeat performance this time around.

"Yeah we're looking to winning the game against Tonga and we're going to give it our best so look forward to Saturday."

Tonga will be without centre Sefa Finau for today's Pacific Island showdown after he was suspended for two weeks for a high tackle in Tuesday's defeat by Australia.

Loose forward Maka Mafileo said they want to finish strongly.

"Train hard, learn off these games and trust the process."

Meanwhile New Zealand and Australia will put their unbeaten records on the line later tonight, with a draw good enough for New Zealand to retain the Oceania title.

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