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Samoa A Too Strong

  What happened? Samoa A scored their first win in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge thumping Tonga A 50-0 at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. A breakthrough from the Samoan forwards
13 Mar 2016 12:55
Samoa A Too Strong

 

What happened?

Samoa A scored their first win in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge thumping Tonga A 50-0 at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.

A breakthrough from the Samoan forwards opened up a gap for Meki Magele to score the first try with Danny Tusitala failing with the conversion, 6_0.

Tonga found it hard to settle in as they made a lot of basic mistakes. Constant pressure on the Tongan defence resulted in David Osofua scoring the second try, 12-0.

Ten minutes later, Osofua scored his second try with a conversion from Tusitala.

 

Halftime: Samoa A 20-0 Tonga A

Samoa continued their dominance in the game taking advantage of Tonga’s weak defence. Oneone Faafou scored the fourth try from a pick-and-drive with Tusitala adding the two points, 28-0.

Catching defenders off guard and creating space, Isaia Petelo scored another try for the Samoans with a successful conversion from Ki Anufe, 36-0.

Poor defence by the Tongans costing them another try to Samoan captain Greg Foe, 42-0. Faafou sealed the win scoring the sixth try which was converted by  Anufe. Fulltime: Samoa A 50-0 Tonga A

Big Play

Big win was through Samoa’s united effort.

 

Star turn

Constant pressure and good defence key for Samoa

 

Comments

Tonga A coach Isi Fatani said: “We still have a lot of things to do, that much is clear. Our team last year was much better compared to this year because we have a lot of new players.”

“But the main aim of the tournament is to develop the boys for the next year or so. But the areas we need to really work on is our defence and our tackles because when we face Fiji we need to do everything right,” he said.

Samoa A coach Pou Leavasa said: “It was a good game and I am happy with the performance but there is still a lot to be done. Today was about improving on the little mistakes we did against Fiji.”

“While it was a good win, we need to put that behind us and prepare for our game against Japan,” he said.

Edited by Osea Bola

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