19 Nov 2012

Sport: Samoa target top eight after Welsh triumph

11:34 am on 19 November 2012

Manu Samoa rugby coach Stephen Betham says they will give it their best shot this coming weekend against France, in a bid to break into the top eight of the world rankings ahead of the World Cup seeding draw.

Samoa continued their unbeaten Northern Tour with victory over Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, inflicting a fifth straight defeat on the Six Nations champions.

The loss saw Wales drop to eighth in the IRB World Rankings, with Samoa up one spot to ninth.

Wales interim coach Rob Howley says his team had chances but simply weren't good enough to take them.

"We were disappointed in terms of our top four inches at times. Obviously we were outperformed by a Samoan side who their ability to keep the ball longer than when we had the ball, and that was the most disappointing aspect for me because when we had possession we failed to keep hold of it and that's obviously not international standard."

Manu captain David Lemi branded the European champions as "predictable" and said the result was payback for their defeat at last year's World Cup.

It was a good weekend for Pacific sides, with Tonga securing its first win on tour, 22-13 against the USA.

However Fiji was put to the sword 53-0 in a non-test against Ireland A in Limerick.