AFL International Cup 2017

Pacific teams target winning finish to AFL International Cup

In the men's draw, Nauru are chasing a third straight win against in the fifth place playoff against Great Britain, while Fiji are guaranteed to improve on their 10th place finish three years ago when they face Canada in the playoff for seventh spot.

Meanwhile it's an all-Pacific affair in the women's competition, with the Papua New Guinea Flames and Fiji playing off for fifth place.

PNG didn't compete at the last International Cup and tour manager Peter Harrison was expecting the Fijians to provide a stern challenge.

Nauru Chiefs in convincing win over Canada

After a scrappy start to the game yesterday, the Chiefs started to assert their dominance in the 2nd quarter, getting on top in the middle with young ruckman, Kais Tatum getting the better of the Canadian big men in the ruck contests.

Kaison's influence lifted his middle brigade with Mallinson Batsiua, German Lightning Grundler, Tiana Waidubu and Patrick Agadio lifting their work rate and winning more of the clearances.

Nauru Chiefs rebound with domination of Les Coqs

The French connection is relatively new here – however it was enough for the French to be the ‘home side’; and were hosted twice during the week for training and a Thursday night BBQ.

For local footy, 10AM is an early start – but often this time of the day provides the most stable weather.

 In fine conditions with patchy cloud – the odd cloud producing the threat of a shower but nothing of substance – Nauru won the toss and those to kick to the southern end of the ground.