Australia vs Samoa
10:30am Saturday 7th September
David Pocock created a yield using a victory over Samoa as the Wallabies bid farewell to Australia in Western Sydney Stadium on Saturday in their final match ahead of the Rugby World Cup.
Flanker Pocock, sidelined by injury for the majority of the season and playing his first game since March 8, then captained the house side rather than the relaxed Michael Hooper and handled 58 minutes before making way.
The world champions were 22-3 facing half-time using Pocock having supplied the pass for lock Adam Coleman to score the first of Australia’s six tries at the eighth minute.
Together with flanker Lukhan Salakaia-Loto along with center Adam Ashley-Cooper additionally crossing half-time if he rampaged previous four defenders in the minute winger Marika Koroibete, that looked dangerous throughout, scored the selection of those scores.
Samoa center Matt To’omua spanned to find the hosts safely and hit back after the break with Dwayne Polataivao scoring the two of their attempts but winger Dane Haylett-Petty.
“It was a demanding one, lots of big hits. Nevertheless, it was good to be back out there, really interesting,” said Pocock.
“There is a lot to work on the market, I thought some of our shape was really great but it did receive a bit stop-start sometimes, they place us under pressure and there’s a couple of things in scrum time we will work on.”
Samoa threatened a repeat of the upset they achieved in their last game against the Wallabies in Sydney in 2011 after the first had finished with an accident.
Starting scrumhalf Scott Malolua needed a test introduction to forget, dislocating his shoulder at a try-line ruck to place his participation in the World Cup in doubt.
His replacement Polataivao created an effect, though, scoring his first try following the Pacific islanders had mastered the next eight minutes later after having a line-break from centre Reynold Lee-Lo and the attacking scrum.
“It was a difficult first halfwe gave up four attempts through mistakes and a high quality side like Australia are going to capitalise,” said Manu Samoa skipper Tusi Pisi.
“The boys have worked really hard during the last month and hopefully we could put in some excellent performances in the World Cup.”
Although there’ll be a concern in Coleman leaving the field with what looked like a thumb problem after 56 minutes, australia came through front.
Coach Michael Cheika, that led Australia into the final four years back from England, will require reassurance in the fact that he fielded a side quite different from that anticipated to start the World Cup opener against Fiji at Sapporo on Sept. 21.
The Wallabies also face Georgia, Uruguay and Wales in Pool D, while Samoa are in Pool A with hosts Japan, Ireland, Scotland and Russia.