26 Apr 2007

Finalists for IRB Pacific Cup to be decided this weekend

9:37 am on 26 April 2007

It could turn out to be an all Fijian affair in the final of the International Rugby Board Pacific Cup if the two local teams secure victories in the final round robin match this weekend.

The Fiji Times newspaper reports that early pace setters leaders Tau'uta Reds suffered an expected 25-12 loss against defending champions Savai'i Samoa last Sunday which has thrown the competition wide open.

The result denies the Reds an automatic spot in the final.

The Reds, Upolu Samoa, the Air Pacific Fiji Warriors and the Fiji Barbarians all have a chance to reach the final scheduled for May 5th.

The Barbarians has 10 points from four matches and need to beat the Reds to reach the final and it will also need to deny the Reds any bonus points in order to seal its final spot.

The Warriors will host Upolu Samoa at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.

It is a must win for both teams as they are tied with 11 points.

In another fixture on Sunday, Savai'i Samoa will take on Tautahi Gold at Apia Park.

The Gold side has an outside chance to make it to the final. The side needs to win its encounter by a bonus point to keep its chances alive.