Manu Samoa loses ace goalkicker to suspension

James So’oialo in action

CARDIFF, WALES: 13 NOVEMBER 2012: While preparing to take on Wales in Cardiff this weekend, Manu Samoa has lost the services of its ace goalkicker, James Sooialo due to a shoulder charge from last week’s match against Canada where So’oialo missed just one conversion in the 42-12 victory.

Reporting from Cardiff, Manu Samoa’s Team Manager, Namulauulu Sami Leota, says the team also suffered two main injuries from last weeks’ game to Alafoti Faosiliva and newcomer midfield Setaimata Sa.

“Both injuries are being nurtured at the camp and both players will not be considered for Wales game but they might come right in the last game with France.”

Here’s Namulauulu Sami Leota’s full report:

“Today is our second day in Cardiff after traveling from North Wales yesterday for 6 hours bus ride.

“Whilst we are happy with the outcome of the Canadian game, we realised that there is a much harder and bigger task ahead in facing this year’s 6 nation’s champs, Wales.

“The fact that they lost to Argentina in the weekend will no doubt put pressure on them to go hard out in their next game before their home crowd and supporters.

“The Canadian game exposed us in some of the areas of our own game and the Coaching Staff are working hard to improve on those areas in our preparations for Wales.

“Ti’i Paulo and Paul Williams have joined the team in Cardiff form France where they are based and will be considered for selection in the Wales game.

“Full back and goal kicker James So’oialo had today been ruled out for three (3) weeks when he was found guilty of a shoulder charge offence in the Canadian game. It means that James will miss both games with Wales and France.

“This obviously is a big blow for us as a Team as we prepare for Wales. As expected he (James) is devastated by the findings especially that this is first offending as a player.

We are consulting our lawyers at the moment and we are likely to appeal these findings and sentence by the judicial officer. We feel that the sentence is too excessive and the findings can be challenged, but we will be guided by our lawyer’s advice.”

“Apart from the above, the Wales Rugby Union hospitality had been great and we are really well looked after here by the WRU staff as well as the hotel. There is also a good team spirit in the whole camp.

“Tonight the whole team is hosted by the WRU for dinner and just to get away from the hotel settings.

“I thank you Samoa for your support and prayers.

Ia manuia tele le tou tapuaiga!

N.B. The match test game will be on Saturday 9.30am local time, with Head Coach Stephan Betham naming his squad against Wales by Thursday (local time) this week.

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