Samoa Inflicts 4th Bok Loss

Tough Samoan defence and punishing tackles paved the way for a 43-10 victory over South Africa at St Albert Rugby Club in Edmonton.


Following through on their gameplan for the match, the Samoan forwards came up hard and set up clean rucks, allowing their agile back line to run through the South African line throughout the match.

Samoa got on the board early in the match, opening the scoring from a penalty tap to Lorina Papalii, who opened a hole for Anita Kerrigan to burst through, touching down after a 10-metre run for a 5-0 lead.

South Africa threatened to score after a string of good runs from each team and a huge burst from wing Yolanda Meiring.

Samoa’s defense was too quick, however, and a turnover gave Samoa control again.

Deep in South African territory, Samoan hooker Alaisalatemaota Leavasa took a tapped ball from a lineout and set up a ruck.

Winger Jessica Saolele drew in the defence, clearing the way for Papalii to dot the ball between the posts.

Standout player Valuese Sao Taliu’s conversion was successful, making it 12-0 Samoa.  

Another try from Kerrigan and one from Jessica Saolele left the score 24-0 at half time.

South Africa got on the board shortly into the second half, when inside center Marie-Lee Erasmus evaded a tackle to dive across the line to make it 24-5.

Samoa answered back when Taliu’s huge run put them within South Africa’s 22.

An offside penalty for Samoa opened the space for Rona Mulitalo to dive over the line.

Taliu’s conversion put Samoa ahead 36-10. A final effort from Samoa saw Taliu charge through the middle yet again.

A popped pass to Leavasa in contact resulted in a try to end the game, 43-10.

Samoa move on to play for ninth place on Saturday, against Spain, while South Africa will fight for 11th with Kazakhstan.

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