Samoa vows a show­down

Kapi-Mana News - - FOOD -

Samoan stal­wart Seilala Ma­pusua has vowed his side will throw every­thing at the Spring­boks on Fri­day af­ter win­ning the bat­tle of the is­lands at the week­end to keep their World Cup quar­ter­fi­nals hopes alive.

Af­ter miss­ing a cou­ple of early chances, Samoa went back to their pru­dent ways to gain a cru­cial win over Fiji. Sadly, the Poly­ne­sia spec­tac­u­lar didn’t even­tu­ate in front of 60,327 at Eden Park, con­tin­u­ing a trend at this tour­na­ment that has seen the is­land flair strangely stag­nant.

The Samoans were de­lighted to get the vic­tory but ad­mit­ted dis­ap­point­ment at not be­ing able to get a bonus point which may prove cru­cial, ei­ther to make the play­offs or to nail third place in Pool D for au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the next World Cup.

Ma­pusua said the in­tent had been to play more rugby against Fiji and felt that would be the only way Samoa could hope to beat the world cham­pion Spring­boks.

‘‘I think we need to go all out and re­ally move the ball around and try and get as far away from struc­ture rugby as pos­si­ble,’’ he said of how Samoa could up­set the Spring­boks.

‘‘South Africa are very clin­i­cal at the set piece and also at build­ing pres­sure. They have a goal­kicker who will slot it from any­where. We need to break it up a bit I think.’’

Ma­pusua said the lead-up win against Aus­tralia two months ago re­mained the bench­mark for this side and they would need some­thing sim­i­lar to sur­vive be­yond Fri­day’s fi­nal pool match.

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