2018 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup
|2018 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup|
|Date||9–16 June 2018|
|Attendance||2,175 (544 per match)|
|Tries scored||23 (5.75 per match)|
|Top point scorer(s)||Soso Matiashvili (21)|
|Top try scorer(s)||Henry Seniloli (3)|
|Champions||Fiji (5th title)|
The 2018 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup was the thirteenth edition of the Pacific Nations Cup annual international rugby union competition. All matches for the 2018 tournament, played over two rounds, were held in Fiji at the ANZ National Stadium in Suva.
Hosts Fiji and fellow Pacific nations Samoa and Tonga were joined by Georgia who competing for the first time in the tournament. Romania was also initially scheduled to compete for the Cup until Samoa's place in the competition was confirmed in May 2018.
Fiji won the tournament with two wins from their two matches played. Tonga and Georgia placed second and third respectively with one win each.
|Rank||Team||Games||Points||Tries||Try Bonus||Losing Bonus||Table Points|
*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
The match schedule:
|(1 BP) Tonga||15–16||Georgia|
|Try: V. Lolohea 71' m
Halaifonua 79' c
Con: Morath (1/1) 79'
Pen: Takulua (1/2) 38'
|Report||Try: Matiashvili 7' c|
Con: Matiashvili (1/1) 8'
Pen: Matiashvili (3/5) 21', 35', 60'
- David Feao, Sione Fifita, David Lolohea, Viliami Lolohea and Nasi Manu (all Tonga) made their international debuts.
- Jaba Bregvadze (Georgia) earned his 50th test cap.
|(1 BP) Fiji||24–22||Samoa (1 BP)|
|Try: Murimurivalu 25' m
Volavola 32' m
Seniloli 38' c
Goneva 50' c
Con: Volavola (2/4) 39', 51'
|Report||Try: Matavao 59' c|
J. Lam 68' m
Polataivao 78' c
Con: Pisi (1/1) 60'
Tuala (1/2) 79'
Pen: Pisi (1/1) 22'
- Sevanaia Galala, Eroni Mawi, Alivereti Veitokani and Veremalua Vugakoto (all Fiji) and Rodney Iona, Ed Fidow and Mat Luamanu (all Samoa) made their international debuts.
- Vereniki Goneva (Fiji) earned his 50th test cap.
|Try: Lolohea 6' c
Vuna 18' c
Latu 59' m
Con: Takulua (2/3) 7', 19'
Pen: Takulua (3/3) 31', 49', 58'
|Report||Try: Fidow 75' m|
Matavao 80' c
Con: Pisi (1/2) 80'
Pen: Tuala (2/2) 13', 23'
|(1 BP) Fiji||37–15||Georgia|
|Try: Seniloli (2) 14' m, 17' m
Vatubua 49' c
Lomani (2) 62' c, 78' m
Radradra 80+3' m
Con: Nadolo (2/4) 50', 63'
Pen: Nadolo (1/1) 55'
|Report||Try: Kolelishvili 23' c|
Todua 39' m
Con: Matiashvili (1/2) 24'
Pen: Matiashvili (1/2) 9'
- Semi Radradra (Fiji) made his international debut.
- This was Fiji's largest winning margin over Georgia, surpassing the 5-point difference set in 2012, and their first win over Georgia in Fiji.
|Fiji||John McKee||Akapusi Qera|
|Georgia||Milton Haig||Giorgi Nemsadze|
|Samoa||Fuimaono Tafua||Chris Vui|
|Tonga||Toutai Kefu||Siale Piutau|
Note: Number of caps and players' ages are indicated as of 9 June 2018 – the tournament's opening day, pre first tournament match.
On 22 May, Titimaea Tafua named a 28-man squad for the Pacific Nations Cup and Samoa's 2019 Rugby World Cup two-test play-off series against a yet to be decided team.
Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.
- Pacific Nations Cup web page at World Rugby