SOLOMON Islands overwhelmed Japan 44-22 to make it back to back wins at rugby league’s Emerging Nations World Championship.
The Melanesian side led 28-6 at half-time and scored eight tries in all.
A win over Hong Kong in their final match on Saturday will secure the bowl title.
Meanwhile, Group A winners Niue are back in action today against Greece in the first Cup semi-final.
Coach Brendan Perenara said it would be an historic occasion.
“We’ve got a hard road to go to the grand final if we get there after the semi-final,” he said.
“Once we started we only had a two day break in-between so we’re going to see after that. [We’ll] regroup, lick our wounds and then get to that semi-final and try and do the job there.
“For Niue Rugby League that is probably the biggest semi-final we’ve ever been in.”
Vanuatu are also in action today against Poland as they bid for a berth in the second-tier Trophy final.