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Warriors Next For Samoa A

2016 Pacific Challenge Samoa A have secured their second win in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge after beating Junior Japan 42-22 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. They are
18 Mar 2016 13:05
Warriors Next For Samoa A
Junior Japan takes on Samoa A at ANZ stadium yesterday.Vilimoni Vaganalau.

2016 Pacific Challenge

Samoa A have secured their second win in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge after beating Junior Japan 42-22 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. They are now billed to face the Telecom Fijian Warriors in the final on Monday.

 

WHAT HAPPENED?

After observing a minute of silence in memory of former Flying Fijian star centre Seru Rabeni, Samoa A dominated the first half. They used their size to bulldoze their way past the Japanese defence.

Playing under pressure Japana made mistakes and allowed Samoa to get the first points from a penalty kick to Malu Falaniko as they led 2-0. Danny Tusitala increased their lead to 10-0 after scoring a try which was successfully converted by Falaniko. Japan playing under extreme pressure lost possession which allowed Oneone Faafou to go over for a try with  two points being added by Falaniko’s conversion. Leading 18-0, constant pressure from the Samoans paid off as Faafou scored his second try, which was again converted, 26-0.

Junior Japan tried hard to create play but were shut down by the Samoan defence who held on to the comfortable lead.

Japan came back more settled in the second half and applied pressure on the Samoan defence.

However, captain Greg Foe drove through from a scrum to score another try for Samoa which was successfully converted, 34-0.

Running the ball and using their speed to their advantage, Japan replied with a try to Ryo Inoue, 34-6. Basic mistakes by Japan cost them possession but they tightened their defence making it hard for Samoa to break through. Constant hard work paid off as Inoue scored Japan’s second try with two points added to close the gap to 34-14. Samoa hit back with a try three minutes later by Isaia Petelo to extend their lead, 42-14. But it was a consolation converted try from Hiyunji Shin in the dying moments of game which bought the final score to 42-22.

 

BIG PLAY

Junior Japan performed well against the hard hitting Samoans and held their ground in the second half

 

STAR TURN

Malu Falaniko successfully converting the early tries that gave Samoa a commanding lead.

 

COMMENTS

Samoan A captain Greg Foe, “It was a good game but we made a lot of mistakes in the second half to give Japan those two early tries. But we know what we need to improve on in our last game.”

Junior Japan coach Ryuji Nakatake, “We made a lot of mistakes but we would have won if we had controlled the game.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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