Mapusua proud of players’ performance

Samoan halfback, Ereatara Enari flicks out a pass against Australian A during the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup match at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva on Saturday, July 02, 2022. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Manu Samoa head coach Vaovasamanaia Seilala Mapusua said he was proud of his players’ performance against Australian A in what was a quick game of exchange of tries at the HFC Bank Stadium yesterday.

After beating Australia A 31-26 in the start of the 2022 Pacific Nations Cup, the former rugby international said he knew the win would not come easy for his side.

“I’m very happy with them for holding their line and replying with astonishing tries whenever the Aussies crossed our line,” Mapusua said.

He said the game showed some cracks in their combination before the next round next week. “There were some errors and weaknesses that we will need to work on.”

His skipper and hooker Michael Ala’alatoa said they dedicated the win to all Samoans back home and aboard. “We thank them for their support,” he said.

“This win is for them. We thank the fans who turned out here today (yesterday).”

He said his message to his players during half time was to get the ball and keep moving forward.

“I told them that we needed to be proud Samoans and we needed this win.”

Meanwhile, Australian A coach Jason Gilmore said the Samoan side was explosive in their play and it cost their side the game. “The game will bring our attention to areas where we need to work on,” he said.

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