2011 IRB Pacific Nations Cup

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2011 IRB Pacific Nations Cup
Tournament details
Countries  Fiji
 Japan
 Samoa
 Tonga
Tournament format(s) Round-robin
Date 2–13 July 2011
Tournament statistics
Teams 4
Matches played 6
Attendance 25,345 (4,224 per match)
Tries scored 36 (6 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Kurt Morath (Tonga)
(56 points)
Top try scorer(s) Ryukoliniasi Holani (Japan)
Seko Kalou (Fiji)
Alisona Taumalolo (Tonga)
Alesana Tuilagi (Samoa)
Naipolioni Nalaga (Fiji)
(2 tries)
Final
Champions  Japan (1st title)
Runner-up  Tonga
Official website IRB Pacific Nations Cup
2010 (Previous) (Next) 2012

The 2011 Pacific Nations Cup was a rugby union tournament held between the four national sides on the Pacific Rim: Fiji, Japan, Samoa and Tonga.

Samoa was the reigning champion after they defeated Fiji in the 2010 competition at Apia Park. The tournament began on July 2 and ended on July 13, 2011 with most of the matches hosted by Fiji. Only the match between Asian 5 Nations champion, Japan and Samoa was played at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Japan. The tournament was moved to Fiji from Japan after the devastating March, 2011 Japan Tsunami.

The tournament was a round-robin where each team plays all of the other teams once. There were four points for a win, two for a draw and none for a defeat. There were also bonus points offered with one bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match and one bonus point for losing by 7 points or less.

Japan were crowned Champions after defeating Fiji and scoring their fourth try the last play of the final match of the tournament giving them the bonus point they needed to go with an earlier win over Tonga.[1] Ill discipline by Fiji cost them the game and gifted the Pacific Nations Cup to Japan at the expense of Tonga. Fiji finished the match with 12 men after conceding 2 red and 3 yellow cards, an unenviable world record.

Table[edit]

2011 IRB Pacific Nations Cup
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1  Tonga 3 2 0 1 101 68 +33 10 7 1 1 10
2  Japan 3 2 0 1 67 74 −7 10 9 2 0 10
3  Samoa 3 1 0 2 71 80 −9 7 9 1 0 5
4  Fiji 3 1 0 2 70 87 −17 9 11 1 0 5
Source : irb.com

Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match

Schedule[edit]

Round 1[edit]

2 July 2011
15:10 (UTC+12)
Tonga  45 – 21  Fiji
Try: Vahafolau 5' c
Taufa 25' c
Penalty try 43' c
Iongi 77' c
S. Taumalolo 79' m
Con: K. Morath (4/5) 5', 26', 43', 77'
Pen: K. Morath (4/4) 10', 14', 31', 50'
Drop: K. Morath (0/1)
Report Try: Kalou 59' m
Ravulo 66' c
Con: Little (1/2) 66'
Pen: Little (3/3) 3', 7', 37'
Churchill Park, Lautoka
Attendance: 4,075
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Tonga
FB 15 Vungakoto Lilo
RW 14 Viliami Helu
OC 13 Alaska Taufa
IC 12 Andrew Mailei
LW 11 Viliame Iongi
FH 10 Kurt Morath
SH 9 Samisoni Fisilau
N8 8 Sione Kalamafoni
OF 7 Samiu Vahafolau (c) Substituted off 26'
BF 6 Lisiate Fa'aoso Substituted off 78'
RL 5 Paino Hehea
LL 4 Tukulua Lokotui
TP 3 Tonga Lea'aetoa Substituted off 60'
HK 2 Ephraim Taukafa Substituted off 64'
LP 1 Sona Taumalolo Temporarily suspended from 62' to 72' 62' to 72'
Replacements:
PR 16 Semisi Telefoni Substituted in 60'
HK 17 Sione Vaiomo'unga Substituted in 64'
FL 18 Joe Tuineau Substituted in 26'
LK 19 Tevita Ula Substituted in 78'
SH 20 Soana Havea
FH 21 Hudson Tonga'uiha
FB 22 Mateo Malupo
Coach:
New Zealand Isitolo Maka
Fiji
FB 15 Kini Murimurivalu Substituted off 45'
RW 14 Vereniki Goneva
OC 13 Albert Vulivuli
IC 12 Gabiriele Lovobalavu
LW 11 Timoci Nagusa
FH 10 Nicky Little
SH 9 Nemia Kenatale Substituted off 59'
N8 8 Dominiko Waqaniburotu
OF 7 Malakai Ravulo
BF 6 Josefa Domolailai Substituted off 47'
RL 5 Tevita Cavubati Substituted off 71'
LL 4 Sekonaia Kalou
TP 3 Deacon Manu (c)
HK 2 Viliame Veikoso Substituted off 57'
LP 1 Graham Dewes Substituted off 57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Talemaitoga Tuapati Substituted in 57'
PR 17 Peni Makutu Substituted in 57'
FL 18 Samu Bola Substituted in 71'
FL 19 Leone Nakarawa Substituted in 47'
SH 20 Vitori Buatava Substituted in 59'
PR 21 Waisea Luveniyali
FB 22 Adriu Delai Substituted in 45'
Coach:
Fiji Sam Domoni

Touch judges:
Ireland Peter Fitzgibbon
Fiji James Bolabiu


2 July 2011
18:10 JST (UTC+09)
Japan  15 – 34  Samoa
Try: Holani 20' m
Usuzuki 46' c
Con: Nicholas (0/1)
Webb (1/1) 47'
Pen: Nicholas (0/2)
Webb (1/2) 32'
Report Try: Al. Tuilagi (2) 2' c, 14' c
Salavea 34' c
G. Pisi 59' c
Con: J. So'oialo (4/4) 3', 15', 36', 61'
Pen: J. So'oialo (2/3) 12', 65'
Japan
FB 15 Goshi Tachikawa Substituted off 70'
RW 14 Kosuke Endo
OC 13 Yuta Imamura
IC 12 Ryan Nicholas
LW 11 Takehisa Usuzuki Substituted off 69'
FH 10 Shaun Webb
SH 9 Fumiaki Tanaka Substituted off 70'
N8 8 Ryu Holani
OF 7 Tadasuke Nishihara Substituted off 70'
BF 6 Takashi Kikutani (c)
RL 5 Luke Thompson
LL 4 Toshizumi Kitagawa Substituted off 48'
TP 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama
HK 2 Yusuke Aoki Substituted off 76'
LP 1 Hisateru Hirashima
Replacements:
HK 16 Takeshi Kizu Substituted in 76'
PR 17 Naoki Kawamata
LK 18 Justin Ives Substituted in 48'
FL 19 Itaru Taniguchi Substituted in 70'
SH 20 Atsushi Hiwasa Substituted in 70'
FB 21 Murray Williams Substituted in 70'
WG 22 Hirotoki Onozawa Substituted in 69'
Coach:
New Zealand John Kirwan
Samoa
FB 15 James So'oialo
RW 14 Sailosi Tagicakibau
OC 13 George Pisi
IC 12 Seilala Mapusua (c)
LW 11 Alesana Tuilagi Substituted off 51'
FH 10 Tusi Pisi Substituted off 70'
SH 9 Lualua Vailoaloa Substituted off 58'
N8 8 Tai Tu'ifua
OF 7 Manu Salavea Substituted off 49'
BF 6 Ezra Taylor
RL 5 Joe Tekori Substituted off 39'
LL 4 Daniel Leo
TP 3 Anthony Perenise
HK 2 Ti'i Paulo Substituted off 77'
LP 1 Sakaria Taulafo Substituted off 68'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ole Avei Substituted in 77'
PR 17 Logovi'i Mulipola Substituted in 68'
LK 18 Filipo Levi Substituted in 39'
FL 19 Maurie Fa'asavalu Substituted in 49'
SH 20 Uale Mai Substituted in 58'
FH 21 Tasesa Lavea Substituted in 70'
WG 22 Timoteo Iosua Substituted in 51'
Coach:
Samoa Titimaea Tafua

Touch judges:
TBC
TBC


Round 2[edit]

9 July 2011
12:40 (UTC+12)
Tonga  27 – 28  Japan
Try: V. Ma'afu 24' c
K. Morath 29' c
H. Tonga'uiha 73' c
Con: K. Morath (3/3) 25', 30', 74'
Pen: K. Morath (2/2) 7', 62'
Report Try: Holani 5' c
Endo 34' c
Kikutani 47' c
Taira 51' c
Con: Arlidge (4/4) 6', 35', 48', 52'
National Stadium, Suva
Attendance: 2,550
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Tonga
FB 15 Vungakoto Lilo (c)
RW 14 Viliame Helu
OC 13 Alaska Taufa
IC 12 Andrew Mailei Substituted off 54'
LW 11 Viliame Iongi
FH 10 Kurt Morath
SH 9 Samisoni Fisilau Substituted off 60'
N8 8 Sione Kalamafoni
OF 7 Viliame Ma'afu
BF 6 Lisiate Fa'aoso Substituted off 16' Substituted in 25'
RL 5 Joe Tuineau
LL 4 Paino Hehea Substituted off 68'
TP 3 Sila Puafisi Temporarily suspended from 15' to 25' 15' to 25'
HK 2 Ephraim Taukafa Substituted off 48'
LP 1 Sona Taumalolo
Replacements:
HK 16 Ilaisa Ma'asi Substituted in 48'
PR 17 Maleko Latu Substituted in 16' Substituted off 25'
LK 18 Lua Lokotui Substituted in 68'
FL 19 Sione Vaiomo'unga
SH 20 Soane Havea Substituted in 60'
CR 21 Hudson Tonga'uiha Substituted in 54'
FB 22 Mateo Malupo
Coach:
New Zealand Isitolo Maka
Japan
FB 15 Shaun Webb
RW 14 Kosuke Endo
OC 13 Koji Taira
IC 12 Ryan Nicholas
LW 11 Hirotoki Onozawa
FH 10 James Arlidge
SH 9 Fumiaki Tanaka
N8 8 Ryu Holani Substituted off 78'
OF 7 Michael Leitch
BF 6 Takashi Kikutani (c)
RL 5 Luke Thompson Substituted off 63'
LL 4 Justin Ives
TP 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama
HK 2 Yusuke Aoki Substituted off 40'
LP 1 Hisateru Hirashima Substituted off 69'
Replacements:
HK 16 Shota Horie Substituted in 40'
PR 17 Naoki Kawamata Substituted in 69'
LK 18 Hitoshi Ono Substituted in 63'
N8 19 Itaru Taniguchi Substituted in 78'
SH 20 Atsushi Hiwasa
FB 21 Go Aruga
WG 22 Takehisa Usuzuki
Coach:
New Zealand John Kirwan

Touch judges:
New Zealand Keith Brown
Fiji James Bolabiu


9 July 2011
15:10 (UTC+12)
Samoa  18 – 36  Fiji
Try: Tagicakibau 22' m
Iosua 74' c
Con: Lavea (0/1)
J. So'oialo (1/1) 74'
Pen: Lavea (1/2) 11'
J. So'oialo (1/1) 14'
Report Try: Goneva 8' c
C. Ma'afu 40' c
Fatiaki 46' m
T. Rawaqa 70' c
Kalou 79' c
Con: Little (2/3) 9', 40'
Luveniyali (2/2) 70', 79'
Pen: Little (1/2) 20'
T. Rawaqa (0/1)
National Stadium, Suva
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Samoa
FB 15 James So'oialo
RW 14 Sailosi Tagicakibau
OC 13 Johnny Leota Substituted off 71'
IC 12 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu
LW 11 David Lemi
FH 10 Tasesa Lavea Substituted off 63'
SH 9 Uale Mai Substituted off 40'
N8 8 Tai Tu'ifua
OF 7 Maurie Fa'asavalu
BF 6 George Stowers Substituted off 58'
RL 5 Daniel Leo Substituted off 56'
LL 4 Filipo Levi Temporarily suspended from 36' to 46' 36' to 46'
TP 3 Logovi'i Mulipola
HK 2 Mahonri Schwalger (c) Substituted off 70'
LP 1 Simon Lemalu Substituted off 72'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ti'i Paulo Substituted in 70'
PR 17 Anthony Perenise Substituted in 72'
LK 18 Ezra Taylor Substituted in 56'
FL 19 Ofisa Treviranus Substituted in 58'
SH 20 Lualua Vailoaloa Substituted in 40'
FH 21 Tusi Pisi Substituted in 63'
CR 22 Timoteo Iosua Substituted in 71'
Coach:
Samoa Titimaea Tafua
Fiji
FB 15 Taniela Rawaqa
RW 14 Ilikena Bolakoro Substituted off 75'
OC 13 Albert Vulivuli
IC 12 Ravai Fatiaki
LW 11 Vereniki Goneva
FH 10 Nicky Little Substituted off 66'
SH 9 Nemia Kenatale Substituted off 54'
N8 8 Masi Matadigo
OF 7 Malakai Ravulo Substituted off 56'
BF 6 Rupeni Nasiga Substituted off 69'
RL 5 Leone Nakarawa
LL 4 Sekonaia Kalou
TP 3 Deacon Manu (c)
HK 2 Talemaitoga Tuapati Substituted off 75'
LP 1 Campese Ma'afu Substituted off 71'
Replacements:
HK 16 Viliame Veikoso Substituted in 75'
PR 17 Pen Makutu Substituted in 71'
FL 18 Josefa Domolailai Substituted in 69'
FL 19 Samu Bola Substituted in 56'
SH 20 Vitori Buatava Substituted in 54'
FH 21 Waisea Luveniyali Substituted in 66'
WG 22 Adriu Delai Substituted in 75'
Coach:
Fiji Sam Domoni

Touch judges:
New Zealand Keith Brown
Fiji James Bolabiu


Round 3[edit]

13 July 2011
12:40 (UTC+12)
Tonga  29 – 19  Samoa
Try: S. Taumalolo 32' c
Helu 76' c
Con: K. Morath (2/2) 32', 77'
Pen: K. Morath (5/6) 1', 16', 20', 35', 67'
Report Try: Lemi 17' c
Con: J. So'oialo (1/1) 18'
Pen: J. So'oialo (4/5) 4', 42', 44', 60'
Drop: J. So'oialo (0/1)
Churchill Park, Lautoka
Attendance: 2,020
Referee: Keith Brown (New Zealand)
Tonga
FB 15 Vungakoto Lilo
RW 14 William Helu
OC 13 Sukanaivalu Hufanga
IC 12 Hudson Tonga'uiha Substituted off 64'
LW 11 Mateo Malupo
FH 10 Kurt Morath Substituted off 77'
SH 9 Soane Havea Substituted off 41'
N8 8 Samiu Vahafolau (c)
OF 7 Sione Vaiomo'unga
BF 6 Viliame Ma'afu Substituted off 41'
RL 5 Joseph Tuineau Substituted off 41'
LL 4 Tukulua Lokotui Temporarily suspended from 40' to 50' 40' to 50'
TP 3 Sila Puafisi
HK 2 Ilaisa Ma'asi Substituted off 61'
LP 1 Sona Taumalolo
Replacements:
HK 16 Ephraim Taukafa Substituted in 61'
PR 17 Maleko Latu
LK 18 Paino Hehea Substituted in 41'
FL 19 Sione Kalamafoni Substituted in 41'
SH 20 Samisoni Fisilau Substituted in 41'
FH 21 Thomas Palu Substituted in 77'
CE 22 Viliame Iongi Substituted in 64'
Coach:
New Zealand Isitolo Maka
Samoa
FB 15 James So'oialo
RW 14 Timoteo Iosua Substituted off 67'
OC 13 Fautua Otto
IC 12 Herman Porter
LW 11 David Lemi
FH 10 Fa'atonu Fili Substituted off 67'
SH 9 Brenton Helleur Substituted off 41'
N8 8 Ofisa Treviranus
OF 7 Ray Ofisa Substituted off 41'
BF 6 Manaia Salavea
RL 5 Jonathan Fa'amatuainu
LL 4 Filipo Levi (c)
TP 3 Census Johnston Substituted off 60'
HK 2 Ole Avei Substituted off 47'
LP 1 Simon Lemalu Substituted off 76'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ti'i Paulo Substituted in 47'
PR 17 Logovi'i Mulipola Substituted in 60'
PR 18 James Johnston Substituted in 76'
FL 19 Afa Aiono Substituted in 41'
SH 20 Lualua Vailoaloa Substituted in 41'
FH 21 Uale Mai Substituted in 67'
WG 22 Johnny Leota Substituted in 67'
Coach:
Samoa Titimaea Tafua

Touch judges:
South Africa Marius Jonker
Fiji James Bolabiu


13 July 2011
15:10 (UTC+12)
Japan  24 – 13  Fiji
Try: Aruga 45' m
Nicholas 58' c
Horie 63' m
Imamura 80'+8' c
Con: Nicholas (0/1)
Webb (2/3) 59', 80'+9'
Report Try: Nalaga (2) 6' m, 48' m
Con: Bai (0/1)
Buatava (0/1)
Pen: Bai (1/2) 1'
Churchill Park, Lautoka
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Japan
FB 15 Go Aruga Substituted off 56'
RW 14 Takehisa Usuzuki
OC 13 Koji Taira
IC 12 Ryan Nicholas Substituted off 68'
LW 11 Hirotoki Onozawa
FH 10 Murray Williams
SH 9 Atsushi Hiwasa
N8 8 Takashi Kikutani (c)
OF 7 Michael Leitch
BF 6 Itaru Taniguchi
RL 5 Toshizumi Kitagawa Substituted off 63'
LL 4 Justin Ives
TP 3 Nozomu Fujita Substituted off 53'
HK 2 Takeshi Kizu Substituted off 40'
LP 1 Naoki Kawamata
Replacements:
HK 16 Shota Horie Substituted in 40'
PR 17 Kensuke Hatakeyama Substituted in 53'
LK 18 Hitoshi Ono Substituted in 63'
FL 19 Tadasuke Nishihara
SH 20 Tomoki Yoshida
FB 21 Shaun Webb Substituted in 56'
CR 22 Yuta Imamura Substituted in 68'
Coach:
New Zealand John Kirwan
Fiji
FB 15 Iliesa Keresoni Substituted off 63'
RW 14 Timoci Nagusa
OC 13 Ravai Fatiaki Substituted off 74'
IC 12 Seru Rabeni Red card 61'
LW 11 Napolioni Nalaga
FH 10 Seremaia Bai Temporarily suspended from 41' to 51' 41' to 51'
SH 9 Vitori Buatava Substituted off 59'
N8 8 Sisa Koyamaibole Red card 23'
OF 7 Akapusi Qera Substituted off 64'
BF 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu (c) Temporarily suspended from 21' to 31' 21' to 31'
RL 5 Ifereimi Rawaqa Substituted off 52'
LL 4 Tevita Cavubati
TP 3 Setefano Somoca Substituted off 59'
HK 2 Sunia Koto Vuli
LP 1 Graham Dewes Substituted off 74'
Replacements:
PR 16 Waisea Daveta Substituted in 74'
PR 17 Pen Makutu Substituted in 59'
LK 18 Rupeni Nasiga Substituted in 52'
FL 19 Jim Naikadawa
SH 20 Waisale Vatuvoka Substituted in 59'
CR 21 Waisea Luveniyali Substituted in 74' Temporarily suspended from 79' to 80' 79' to 80'
FB 22 Taniela Rawaqa Substituted in 63'
Coach:
Fiji Sam Domoni

Touch judges:
South Africa Marius Jonker
Fiji James Bolabiu

Top scorers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ irb.com Instead, by virtue of a slender 28-27 victory over Tonga, it was the Japanese who got their hands on the trophy

External links[edit]