18 Jun 2012

Sport: Manu Samoa regain Pacific Nations Cup title

10:19 am on 18 June 2012

Samoa have regained the Pacific Nations Cup rugby title after a dramatic 27-26 win over Japan in Tokyo.

Having trailed the hosts 16-0, the Samoans piled on 27 straight points, before withstanding a late surge by the Brave Blossoms.

Manu Samoa's blushes were saved when Ryan Nicholas failed to convert the late try of Toshiaki Hirose, keeping their perfect record at the tournament intact.

Manu Samoa coach Stephen Betham says they knew Japan wouldn't just give them the Cup and they were made to work hard for the win.

The PNC concludes this weekend with Fiji hosting Tonga in Lautoka.