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Tonga beats Fiji 27-19 in rugby test

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Vereniki Goneva was both hero and villain as Pacific Nations Cup champion Fiji suffered a surprise 27-19 loss to Tonga in a one-off rugby test in Lautoka on Saturday.

Goneva touched down in the second half to equal Fiji's test try-scoring record of 20, set by the late Sainivalati Laulau during the 1980s, but was later sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on.

In his absence, Tonga scrumhalf Sonatane Takulua kicked a penalty to put his team back in front then replacement flanker Dan Faleafa scored a late try to secure Tonga's first win over Fiji since 2011.

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