|Manu Samoa’s Midfield General, Seilala Mapusua, nails Wallaby Digby Ioane.|
Samoa suckered the yellow team into committing huge numbers to rucks, and the tackles they made never let Aussie hit the advantage line. This was a huge effort, but by a very good and very experienced team in a World Cup year. Now normally that last statement would be about Australia, but not today. That Samoan team has an average age of 29 (they said on the telly box) and they play in Europe’s pro teams ... they know what to do. Add to that the quality players in key positions like Khan Fotuali’i (9), Tusi Pisiata (10), Seilala Mapusua (12), and Paul Williams (15) and you’ve got a team that today proved it can set, hold, extend and then maintain a lead.
Alesana Tuilagi was immense today!
The Wallabies again showed their lack of a midfield, and picking Reds players just because they won the Super final looked ill-conceived. I know players like Pocock and O’Connor are being nursed back to the starting XV, but in the meantime Rod Davies and Beau Robinson (the Jack Russell on meth) just aren’t up to it.
I’ll say it again: I think South Africa should be worried about the pool matches as I see someone stepping up to beat them, and after today, it could be Samoa. Irish eyes must be smiling too as they are in Aussie’s pool.
I know it’s early daws, and arguably pre-season, but today just took a little bit of a shine of Australia’s chances and exposed their lack of Test depth again.
Well done Samoa. The result: IRB’s 10th ranked team just beat the 2nd ranked ... eight weeks out from the Word Cup. And my raised garden bed plans got lost somewhere on the way.