PHOTO: The team captains before the tournament kicked off last night.
Samoa’s Under 20 has made it off to a winning start beating Hong Kong 41-20 in thrilling encounter at Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf at 1100 pm last night Samoan time.
Tries: Toleafoa (2) Fomai, Patu, Vaesavali Tato (3) Conversions: Fomai, Niulevaea (2).
“We are not taking any game lightly. The Hong Kong boys are as physical as us and we’ll make sure that we stick with our game plan and do the basics well,” said Coach La’auli Rudy Leavasa before the match.
Samoa aims to return to the Championship next year in Argentina and having won the trophy twice, in 2011 and 2016, they look at making it three from three in Romania. La’auli however said, this will not be a stroll in the park for Samoa as all the teams will fiercely guard their pride and territory on game day.
Samoa U20 team vs Hong Kong U20:
- LOOSE HEAD PROP – Reita Puatolo
- HOOKER – Timothy Junior Tua Lilomaiav
- TIGHT HEAD PROP – Frank Oliver Sio
- LEFT LOCK – Iosefatu Mareko (CO-CAPTAIN)
- RIGHT LOCK – Wesley Paerata Patu
- LEFT FLANKER – Shammah Anthony Leonard Solomona
- RIGHT FLANKER – Sione Vaetoe Young Yen
- NUMBER 8 – Austin Maota Faamausili
- HALF BACK – Norman Uili
- FLY HALF – Simon Peter Joachim Sila Toleafoa (CO-CAPTAIN)
- LEF WING – Dave Puleiala
- LEFT CENTRE – Frank Vaesavali Tato
- RIGHT CENTRE – Alexandra Jorge Tanielu Tavita
- RIGHT WING – Taunuu Niulevaea
- FULL BACK – Pio Paulo Fuiono
16. FRONT ROWER – Jenny Taateo
17. FRONT ROWER – Saini Iese
18. FRONT ROWER – Grecia Falanika Thomas
19. LOCK – Setefano Lilo Leavasa
20. FLANKER – Aundrie Ponifasio
21. HALF BACK – Pupi Ah See
22. FLY HALF – Fomai Fomai
23. WINGER – Jimfarefy Tupe
Head Coach – Rudy Leavasa
Assistant Coach – Sapani Pomare
Manager – Onosa’i So’o
Technical Advisor – Stephen Betham
Trainer – Simon Gareth Ronald Price
Physioherapist – Olivia Withers
Team Doctor – Sebastian Paulo