3 Sep 2018

Sport: Samoa, Fiji Under 20s win despite ill discipline

11:52 am on 3 September 2018

Poor discipline has marred the latest victories by Samoa and Fiji at the World Rugby Under 20 Trophy.

Wing Jim Tupe scored two tries before being sent off as the Baby Manu beat host nation Romania 31-17.

Stefano Leavasa and Joe Faleafaga were also shown yellow cards during the match in Bucharest, with the Samoans reduced to 13 players midway at one point in the second half.

Samoa overcame ill discipline to beat Romania at the Under 20 Trophy.

Samoa overcame ill discipline to beat Romania at the Under 20 Trophy. Photo: FRR / World Rugby

Meanwhile Fiji came from behind to beat Portugal 32-22, despite finishing the match with only 12 players on the field.

The Baby Flying Fijians conceded the opening try of the match after only four minutes and trailed 10-11 at half-time.

The Melanesian side regained the lead in the 66th minute when hooker Tevita Ikanivere completed a flowing move before Ratu Meli Turagaca scored with eight minutes remaining to put the result beyond doubt.

Fiji came from behind to beat Portugal.

Fiji came from behind to beat Portugal. Photo: FRR / World Rugby

However, the match ended on a sour note for the Pacific Islanders with Manoa Mocelutu, Livai Natave and Immanuel Naciva all sent to the sin-bin in time added on, after conceding a string of scrum penalties.

Fiji and Samoa both have the maximum ten points points from their first two games but are not yet assured of a place in the grand final, with only the two group winners advancing.

Samoa need to beat Pool B leaders Namibia on Thursday morning to have a chance at promotion to the Junior World Championship, while Pool A leaders Fiji face bottom side Canada, with a healthy four and five point buffer over closest rivals Portugal and Uruguay.