There was a face-off between former team-mates in Suva, Fiji over the weekend, as Blaine Scully’s USA Eagles took on Rey Lee-Lo’s Manu Samoa in the Pacific Nations Cup.
Scully played the full 80 as his side’s captain as they overcame a resilient Samoan side, who brought Lee-Lo off the bench early in the second half, with a last minute AJ MacGinty penalty securing a 13-10 win for the USA.
There was controversy though as Welsh referee Nigel Owens ruled out what appeared to be when a perfectly Samoa try, penalising a knock on that had clearly come off the player’s boot.
Elsewhere there was a second loss in a row for Gruff Rees and Canada, who went down 38-13 to Fiji, following defeat the hands of the USA Eagles last weekend.
It means that there are some tasty games heading into the last weekend of the tournament, as Canada take on Tonga with the loser taking the wooden spoon, Samoa face Fiji for third place, and USA play Japan in what is effectively a Final, with the winner crowned Pacific Nations Cup champions.