Headlines
Published On:
By Staff Reporter : PNG Today

Tonga boilover has Samoa believing they can eliminate Australia

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."


SOURCE: SMH/PACNEWS

Posted by Staff Reporter : PNG Today on 5:14 PM. Filed under , . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Share this Article

Advertisement

Subscribe to Daily News

Enter your email address:

Delivered by PNG Today

© 2017 PNG Today . Powered by Blogger.