Solomon Islands will take on new comers Tonga today as they seek to keep pace with group leaders Tahiti.

Tahiti made history by beating Tonga 23 -1 yesterday and are now firm leaders going into the third day of competition.

The Tongans, known as Tautahi, consisting of a young group of mainly Ha’apai based players, are seeking to measure themselves against the region’s top beach soccer talent, with a view to developing a competitive squad for future competitions.

Despite their huge defeat, Tonga remains upbeat, and are still looking for their first win in the tournament.

Solomon Islands are the only team currently going toe to toe with Tahiti, both teams have won all their games thus far, with Tahiti ahead on goal difference.

Solomon Islands would need to win with a sizeable margin and hope that Tahiti succumbs to New Caledonia. Failing that it will be a show down between the two leaders with the winner guaranteed entry into the Beach Soccer World Cup.

Solomon Islands has the depth and experience needed to go all the way, but today it will be about chasing down Tahiti’s massive goal haul – one that may prove crucial going towards the business end of the tournament.