Internationals SAMOA RLWC 2017 Campaign

Samoa were full of heart but not enough brains. They were knackered after about 20 minutes. Game was like a war zone up to that point though. Thoroughly enjoyed it:):)
 

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Samoa believe they can shock Australia in Rugby League World Cup after Tonga boilover
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Samoan prop Sam Tagataese is taking inspiration from Tonga's win over New Zealand ahead of their Australia clash.

Prop Sam Tagataese says Tonga's landmark victory over New Zealand on Saturday has given Samoa the belief they can cause the upset of the century by eliminating holders Australia from the World Cup this Friday.

The first quarter final, at Darwin's TIO Stadium, is regarded as little more than a formality with the Australians having only conceded 10 points for the entire tournament while Toa Samoa are yet to win a game.

But Cronulla's Tagataese said tier two nations no longer saw the big three of Australia, England and New Zealand as unbeatable.

"It grows confidence and encourages a lot of the other players around Australia and New Zealand – Pacific boys – to strive and play for their countries or their parents' country of birth," the 30-year-old said.

"I thought it was great that Tonga won. Hopefully they do well and hopefully we can do something special too against the Aussies on Friday."

Another Samoan, Josh Papalii, said while his team did not watch the Hamilton epic live on TV, there was jubilation when the result came through.

"Hearing that result, the boys were pretty buzzed up about that," said Papalii.

"Finding out we had Australia on Friday, we were definitely keen to have a good game on Friday and hopefully win."

According to Samoa's assistant coach Sean Long, the secret to an upset is not trick shots or surprising the champions with left-field tactics.

"I think quite a few teams have probably tried that in the past," Long said after a crocodile 'chose' Samoa as winners by snaffling a pork chop hanging from their logo over one dangling from the Australia coat of arms.

"We've just got to go out there and start enjoying it a little bit more. I think there's been a lot of lads getting a bit frustrated it's not been going the right way for us.

"We need to go out there and start enjoying the footy again.

"That gets you in a good place. As long as they're working hard for each other, that's the battle really."

Tagataese added: "If you look at all our games, it's just completions. We're probably last in completions, can't really hold onto the ball.

"Whatever team you're playing for, how good you are, if you're completing at 30 per cent, you can't win a game."

- Sydney Morning Herald

https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/sport/rugby-league/98930623/
 
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Meninga has been whinging all week about the game being too slow for the fans... lol.. he really means he hates pommy refs and Aussie doesn't like a slow unNRL type game... best chance tonight to see a real major upset ....if Samoa try things unexpected or unpredictable.. steer clear of NRL type footy.... go Toa Samoa ......
 
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Very disappointing campaign by Toa Samoa. To be fair the squad was missing a host of top flight players with injuries and unavailability.
But the players chosen did not play with the heart and passion we have come to expect from any Samoan team.
In recent years they have made a lot of progress but after the England game earlier this year and the World Cup, they seem to have regressed badly.
Something needs to change, Matt Parish seemed to get the best out of the team for a long time but recently it seems the boys haven't bought into it. They looked so unfit and disinterested when things got tough.
They have to turn it around quickly or the Tonga test next year could be a blood bath.
 
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Very disappointing campaign by Toa Samoa. To be fair the squad was missing a host of top flight players with injuries and unavailability.
But the players chosen did not play with the heart and passion we have come to expect from any Samoan team.
In recent years they have made a lot of progress but after the England game earlier this year and the World Cup, they seem to have regressed badly.
Something needs to change, Matt Parish seemed to get the best out of the team for a long time but recently it seems the boys haven't bought into it. They looked so unfit and disinterested when things got tough.
They have to turn it around quickly or the Tonga test next year could be a blood bath.
For a minute I thought you were posting about the Warriors, funny that.
Go fkn hard Samoa!! Bash these Aussies around..for us next week!
(or for Fiji, shieeet, bit nervous about tomorrow)
More like the Fijians will be bashing the Kiwis around for the Aussies next week, win or lose.
 

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It's hard to get a proper gauge on the Kangaroos because Samoa were horrible last night and the Aussies haven't had a tough hitout since game 1 against the English.

Their lack of quality halves are a real problem but worse than that Samoa dropped their heads a number of times throughout this tournament and it showed on the scoreboard.
 
Hopefully watching the committed, passionate Tongan team will spark something from the Toa Samoa team in the future.
Too many players give into their club for bullshit injuries or are reluctant to commit to please some other rep team coach.
Look at McGuire, he is only 1/4 Samoan but at every chance dons the Samoan jersey and plays his bloody heart out.
I will never bag a guy that wants to represent a teir 1 team but if you are fit and not selected, put your hand up.
Look at Milford, he didn't play rep footy for 3 years to please the QLD selectors.
This World Cup was a disaster, all the rumours of these guys Eating up large and partying before matches add up when you look at the dog shit they served up on the field.
 
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Next to us they were the most dissapointing team in the WC. Kinda wondering why they didn’t show the same level of passion and commitment as there Tongan Bros. Yes had some injuries but still had enough experienced NRL players to perform better than they did.