Australia vs Samoa
10:30am Saturday 7th September
David Pocock created a return using a hard-fought 34-15 victory over Samoa as the Wallabies bid farewell to Australia at Western Sydney Stadium on Saturday in their final game before the Rugby World Cup.
Flanker Pocock, sidelined by injury for most of the season and enjoying his first match captained the house side and managed 58 minutes before making way for fresh legs.
The world champions were 22-3 facing half-time with Pocock having provided the pass for lock Adam Coleman to evaluate the first of Australia’s six attempts.
Together with flanker Lukhan Salakaia-Loto along with center Adam Ashley-Cooper additionally crossing before half-time when he rampaged previous four defenders from the minute scored the pick of these scores.
Samoa hit back after the break and centre Matt To’omua spanned in the last 10 minutes to see the hosts safely.
“It was a rough one, tons of big strikes. However, it was great to be out there, very interesting,” said Pocock.
“There’s lots to work on there, I thought a few of our silhouette was really great but it did get somewhat stop-start sometimes, they place us under pressure and there’s a couple things in scrum time we will work on.”
Following the first had finished with an accident samoa threatened a replica of those upset they attained in Sydney in 2011.
Beginning scrumhalf Scott Malolua needed a test debut to forget, dislocating his shoulder at a ruck to put his participation from the World Cup in serious doubt.
His replacement Polataivao created an impact, however, scoring his first try after the Pacific islanders had ruled the attacking scrum and the second eight minutes later following a line-break from centre Reynold Lee-Lo.
“It was a challenging first half, we gave up four attempts through errors and a top quality side like Australia are likely to capitalise,” said Manu Samoa skipper Tusi Pisi.
“The boys have worked quite hard throughout the last month and hopefully we could put in some excellent performances at the World Cup.”
But there’ll be some concern at Coleman leaving the field with what looked like a thumb issue after 56 minutes, australia came through front.
Coach Michael Cheika, who led Australia into the last four decades ago from England, will require pleasure from the fact he fielded a side very different from that anticipated to start the World Cup opener against Fiji at Sapporo on Sept. 21.
The Wallabies face Wales, Uruguay and Georgia in Pool D, whereas Samoa are in Pool A with hosts Japan, Ireland, Scotland and Russia.