23 Jan 2015

Fiji pip Samoa in netball

2:32 pm on 23 January 2015

Fiji withstood a late fightback to edge Samoa 46-44 in their Oceania Netball Series clash in Suva, reaffirming their status as the top team in the Pacific.

Samoan netball defender Monique Vaai

Samoan netball defender Monique Vaai Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Pearls gave up the first three goals but recovered to lead 13-10 at the end of the opening quarter.

The teams went goal for goal in the second period with Fiji still three clear at half-time.

But Samoa cut the deficit to one heading into the final 15 minutes and scores were level at 44-44 with two minutes remaining, before Fiji found two crucial goals, and an intercept in the dying seconds.

18 year old Episake Kahatoka was impressive on debut at goalkeeper for the home side, however the Pearls have plenty of work to do at the other end after shooting just 60 percent.

The Oceania Series wrapped up the following night with Fiji taking on New Zealand for a second time, the Silver Ferns again easily beating Fiji 76-34, after also crusing past Samoa in their match.

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