Five of the six matches were decided by a single score as Samoa claimed a second IRB Pacific Nations Cup title in three years.
All four teams went into the final day of the IRB Pacific Nations Cup in title contention, but a last gasp try saw Japan crowned champions.
A new champion was guaranteed in the ANZ Pacific Nations Cup, but few expected such a dramatic climax as Samoa defied the odds to triumph.
The Junior All Blacks keep the title in New Zealand hands, as the battle for second in the ANZ Pacific Nations Cup went down to the wire.
The IRB Pacific Nations Cup silverware remains in New Zealand hands for another year, but only a last gasp penalty miss from Australia A against the Maoris.