2008 Pacific Rugby Cup

2008 Pacific Rugby Cup

The IRB Pacific Rugby Cup 2008 was the third edition of the annual rugby union club competition. First held in 2006, the 2008 edition, like its predecessors, featured representative teams from the three Pacific rugby unions - Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.

The participating teams were:

The teams participated in a home and away series culminating in a Grand Final between the first (Upolu Samoa) and second-placed (Tautahi Gold) teams in the final standings, with the first ranking team awarded home advantage.

Tautahi Gold beat Upolu Samoa 11 points to 3 in the Grand Final match to win the 2008 IRB Pacific Rugby Cup, becoming the first Tongan team, and the first team outside of Samoa, to win the trophy.

Schedule

The 2008 tournament followed the completion of Fiji's Colonial Cup, Samoa's National Provincial Championship and Tonga's Provincial Championship and provided the coaches of the three national teams with a competitive player development pathway just ahead of the IRB Pacific Nations Cup 2008.

Upolu Samoa began its title defence away to 2007 beaten finalists Tau'uta Reds in Nuku'alofa on April 19, while Fiji Warriors faced Tautahi Gold in Lautoka and 2006 champions Savai'i Samoa played Fiji Barbarians in Apia. Four further rounds followed on consecutive weekends before the top two ranked teams contested the Grand Final on May 24.

Full Schedule

Round One

2008-04-18
Fiji Warriors 21-19 Tautahi Gold Churchill Park, Lautoka
Savai'i Samoa 17-13 Fiji Barbarians Apia Park, Apia
2008-04-19
Tau'uta Reds 12-20 Upolu Samoa Teufaiva Stadium, Nukuʻalofa

Round Two

2008-04-25
Fiji Barbarians 5-22 Upolu Samoa National Stadium, Suva
2008-04-26
Savai'i Samoa 20-18 Fiji Warriors Prince Edwards Park, Savaii
Tau'uta Reds 11-21 Tautahi Gold Teufaiva Stadium, Nukuʻalofa

Round Three

2008-05-02
Upolu Samoa 13-8 Fiji Warriors Apia Park, Apia
Tautahi Gold 27-17 Savai'i Samoa Teufaiva Stadium, Nukuʻalofa
2008-05-03
Fiji Barbarians 25-24 Tau'uta Reds Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka

Round Four

2008-05-09
Fiji Warriors 16-23 Tau'uta Reds Prince Charles Park, Nadi
Tautahi Gold 20-0 Fiji Barbarians Teufaiva Stadium, Nukuʻalofa
2008-05-10
Upolu Samoa 9-14 Savai'i Samoa Apia Park, Apia

Round Five

2008-05-16
Tau'uta Reds 14-13 Savai'i Samoa Teufaiva Stadium, Nukuʻalofa
2008-05-17
Fiji Warriors 7-29 Fiji Barbarians Subrail Park, Labasa
Upolu Samoa 26-10 Tautahi Gold Apia Park, Apia

Final

2008-05-24
Upolu Samoa 3-11 Tautahi Gold Apia Park, Apia

Table

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Point Difference Bonus Points Points
Upolu Samoa 5 4 0 1 90 49 +41 1 17
Tautahi Gold 5 3 0 2 97 75 +22 1 13
Savaii Samoa 5 3 0 2 81 81 0 1 13
Fiji Barbarians 5 2 0 3 72 90 -18 2 10
Tau'uta Reds 5 2 0 3 84 95 -11 1 9
Fiji Warriors 5 1 0 4 70 104 -34 3 7