Viliame Mata | Fiji’s power and pace too much for Canada

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It was a morale-boosting performance for the defending champions after they lost to Japan last week, while it was the second defeat for Canada who were soundly beaten by the USA in the first round.

Earlier on Saturday, a late penalty by AJ MacGinty kept the USA Eagles unbeaten when they overcame Samoa 13-10.

The Eagles play Japan and Fiji face Samoa in the final round next weekend.

With the focus on the looming World Cup and the need to test combinations, it was a vastly different Fiji side that faced Canada with only three forwards retaining their places and Racing 92 lock Leone Nakarawa captain for the first time.

While Canada enjoyed the best of possession and territory it was the solid Fijian pack that controlled the breakdown.

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