The Junior All Blacks stormed to a 35-17 win against Fiji in Suva.
The New Zealanders scored four tries to two to set the pace in the IRB’s inaugural Pacific Five Nations tournament.
The Junior All Blacks, made up of players who could not make the All Blacks extended squad of 45, led 13-10 at halftime.
More than 25 000 watched the game, which also marked the return to Fiji of sensational winger Rupeni Caucaunibuca, the former Blues flyer. Caucanibuca, who had been exiled for a year by the Fiji national selectors, experienced a quiet match in general. But he did get a chance in the final minutes to showcase his talents and he scored a trademark brilliant try.
The Junior All Blacks play Samoa in New Plymouth next weekend.
Tries: Aca Ratuva, Rupeni Caucaunibuca tries
Conversions: Seremaia Bai
Junior All Blacks
Tries: Nick Williams, Josh Blackie, Cameron McIntyre and Johnny Leo’o
Conversions: Stephen Donald and Cameron McIntrye (2)
Penalties: Donald (2) and McIntyre