Samoa under 20 Crushed USA
Samoa under 20 started off in the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy with an impressive victory against USA in the first of 3 matches at the Avachala Stadium Tblisi Georgia Russia. Samoa defeated USA 48-11 and team manager Namulauulu Sami Leota says the whole team displayed some great rugby in Georgia. Here’s the full report from Team Manager Namulauulu Sami Leota:- “The boys played well and all the hard work they put in since the end of last year is now coming to fruition. We ran into the strong wind in the first half and the call from the Coaching Staff was to keep the ball in hand. It was exactly what was executed from the first whistle. Ball in hands from the USA kick off, from one phase to another, from one end of the field to the other end, with some strong runs displayed by our forwards, combined with the speed out wide and skills by our backline, the boys in blue were unstoppable. They protected their possession with some fierce clearance allowing Paul Tuia our half back to keep the movement flowing, having plenty of options from his big running forwards, and after 3 minutes, the USA defence broke down when Ausetalia Vaiomanu break through some tackles to cross their line, a try that may very well likely to be the best ever produced in this competition. This gave us the first 5 pointer and was comfortably converted by our first five eight and Captain Patrick Faapale. This was the mode right throughout the game. We played with commitment and passion, and the level of confidence was great. The first half score was 24 to 6 with USA getting their points from penalty kicks, while our other points came from tries to Paul Tuia, Robert Lilomaiava and Talaga Alofipo. Faapale converted two tries in this half and was leading from the front weaving and slicing through the USA defence all day creating spaces for his big forwards to attack the USA. With the wind to our advantage in the second half, we played territory and launched our attack from there resulting in the same score at the second half. From the outset the opponents found it hard to put down our hard running No.8 Suamalie Tuiletufuga, and he was finally rewarded in the second half with a try. Faavae Faavae also added more points when he displayed his speed to score in the corner on the 54thminute mark. Lilomaiava was exceptional in breaking through the USA defence line and bouncing off tackles to secure him two tries in this half. The USA score one try bringing the final score 48-11.