Manu Samoa disadvantaged by lack of of time
By Aiga Tofilau
APIA: Wednesday 20th June 2012: Manu Samoa has only two runs as a team before taking on the Scots on Saturday. And Coach Stephen Betham told Talamua he will announce his team on Friday.
Manu Samoa had its first run as a team this afternoon since beating Japan and winning the PNC Cup last Sunday local time. They just arrived in town late yesterday afternoon and were hosted by the Samoa Tourism Authority at a lunch this afternoon where the Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Samoa Rugby Union were amongst the guests.
“We just arrived yesterday and today will be starting the trial run for the boys,” said Betham who has an unblemished record with three wins in three test matches since taking over the Head Coach’s position last month.
While most of the players are in Samoa now, others like Tusi Pisi has joined joined them in Apia. Ki Anufe had carried the PNC matches in the No.10 position. Alafoti Faosiliva’s suffering a hand injury from the last game with Japan. “The whole team are all feeling good to come back home for their next game,” said the Head Coach.
He also mentioned that there are no major injuries and the team need to go over the mistakes they did during the Pacific Nations Cup competition.
The Acting Prime Minister, Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo thanked the team and congratulated them for winning the Pacific Nations Cup. “The PNC competition was your first international stage since the Rugby World Cup and millions were watching to see how you would progress. You have hereby proven to the nation and the rest of the world that you are a true champion,” he said.
“But you have to be focus on your next challenge with the assuring knowledge that your country and your people here and around the globe stand in prayers and support behind you.”
Team Manager Namulauulu Sami Leota acknowledged the government and the Samoan peoples support and asked for their presence to give the players support on Saturday’s game.