Australia vs Samoa
10:30am Saturday 7th September
David Pocock made a yield with a victory over Samoa as the Wallabies bidding farewell to Australia at Western Sydney Stadium on Saturday in their final game ahead of the Rugby World Cup.
Flanker Pocock, enjoying his first game since March 8 and sidelined by injury for the majority of the year, managed 58 minutes prior to making way for fresh legs and captained the home side rather than the relaxed Michael Hooper.
The twice 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.
With flanker Lukhan Salakaia-Loto along with center Adam Ashley-Cooper also crossing half-time if he rampaged four defenders in the 16th minute winger Marika Koroibete, that looked dangerous throughout, scored the pick of those scores.
Samoa center Matt To’omua crossed to find the hosts safely and hit back after the break with Dwayne Polataivao scoring both of their tries but winger Dane Haylett-Petty.
“It was a difficult one, lots of big hits. However, it was great to be out there, really enjoyable,” said Pocock.
“There is a lot to work on there, I thought a few of our silhouette was really great but it did catch somewhat stop-start occasionally, they place us under stress and there is a couple things in scrum time we will work on.”
Samoa threatened a repeat of the upset they attained in their match against the Wallabies in Sydney in 2011 by using their resurgence in the second half after the first had finished with an unfortunate accident.
Starting scrumhalf Scott Malolua needed a test introduction to overlook, dislocating his shoulder in a ruck that is try-line to place his involvement in the World Cup in doubt.
His replacement Polataivao created an effect, though, scoring his first try in the 53rd minute following the Pacific islanders had dominated the next eight minutes later following a line-break from center Reynold Lee-Lo along with an attacking scrum.
“It was a challenging first half, we gave up four tries through errors and a superior side like Australia are going to capitalise,” said Manu Samoa skipper Tusi Pisi.
“The boys have worked extremely hard during the previous month and hopefully we could add some excellent performances at the World Cup.”
Although there will be some concern at Coleman leaving the field with what seemed like a thumb issue after 56 minutes, australia came through unscathed about the injury front.
Coach Michael Cheika, who led Australia to the last four decades ago from England, will take reassurance in the fact he fielded a side very different from that anticipated to begin the World Cup opener against Fiji in Sapporo on Sept. 21.
The Wallabies additionally confront Uruguay Wales and Georgia in Pool D, although Samoa are in Pool A with hosts Japan, Ireland, Scotland and Russia.