Samoa not ready to roll over

Samoa coach Michael Jones cut a disconsolate figure in the wake of his side’s 59-7 defeat to South Africa in Paris on Sunday, but vowed that the islanders would bounce back.

The Samoans made a good fist of the first half and scored the first try of the game at Parc des Princes.

But they fell off the pace in the second half as South Africans rallied with Bryan Habana scoring four of his side’s eight tries.

“We need to make room for improvements because we can be strong in the tournament,” said the legendary former All Black.

“We are looking forward to playing Tonga. They are very physical so it’s going to be twice as hard.”

Samoa felt rough justice at not receiving the rub of the green from New Zealand referee Paul Honiss, who controversially disallowed a 42nd-minute try by lock Joe Tekori for offside that would have hauled the South Sea Islanders back from 21-7 adrift.

“Once South Africa get on a roll, they are a juggernaut, but the first half showed that if we can get 10 per cent of the ball we can be a real threat at this World Cup,” said Jones.

“One of the critical turning points was the disallowed try. For a team like ours, you need things to go your way, and from where I was sat the try seemed pretty straightforward.

“We are not going to blame the referee for anything – I don’t want to make a big thing out of it – but we really needed that try.

“We all need feedback, and I am sure there is a mechanism [in the World Cup] for that.

“If there is a ruling that we have missed, then we need to know about it.”

Samoa captain Semo Sititi was pleased by his side’s endurance although concerned by some aspects of their set-piece play.

“We need to work on our line-outs, but defence was very good.” he said

“Our boys put a lot of effort into this game.

“But I was very disappointed with the referee.

“I told him there were two teams playing, not only one. It was very disappointing, and the spirit went down when the decision went against us.”

 

365 Digital

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