VenuePrince Charles Park, Nadi
Kick Off Time
1:00pm (Local), Tuesday, 9 September 2008
If you ever need a lesson in courage just sit down and watch PNG play rugby, this will teach you everything you need to know. They come from the highlands and they brought down with them from those hills mountains of courage and they sunk it all into their opposition Samoa today.
The Samoan's are huge men, most international senior teams would welcome them with open arms as these slabs of muscle are built for rugby. PNG on the other hand are quite light, with this comes nip and speed and they showed absolutely no respect for size as their tenacious defence battled all day. Most telling was the long periods where they held a rampant Samoan forward pack out from scoring.
Samoa had the better of the first half, they scored some great tries, but every one of them they worked extremely hard top get. Long phases were needed and eventually the PNG D broke. Samoa deployed the big guns well, their captain and open side flanker cooled things down and made all the right decisions to keep them in the lead. His vision was tremendous, especially when PNG were looking like dominating the ball, this is when he stood up and reclaimed the momentum.
The second half saw a different story, PNG upped the anti and took it to the Samoan's and the final forty mins was just 5 points to Samoa. In the end it was the Samoan's who seemed reluctant to run at the PNG boys, as everything they did there was a sea of black eager jerseys to hammer them.
In the end Samoa took out the match my 33-5, but it was PNG that played with hearts like basketballs today and they will be very hard to beat in future tests.