Samoa Beats Fiji, Books Place In Four Nations Rugby Tournament

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Team to face England on October 25

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, May 4, 2014) – Samoa has booked a place at this year's Four Nations rugby league tournament with a lively 32-16 win over Pacific rivals Fiji in Sydney on Saturday.

A surprise appearance from retired National Rugby League veteran prop forward Petero Civoniceva was not enough to get Fiji into the end-of-season tournament against Australia, England and New Zealand.

It is just the second time in seven encounters that Samoa has beaten Fiji, avenging last year's 22-4 World Cup quarter-final loss in Warrington.

There was no shortage of bone-rattling tackles in the battle between the Pacific Islands' best with Fiji's Korbin Sims landing a thunderous shoulder on Samoan Isaac Lui among the best.

Penani Manumaleali'i scored a hat-trick of tries for Samoa with Krisnan Inu landing six goals.

Samoa's first match at the Four Nations will be against England in Brisbane on October 25.

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