1 May 2015

Sport: Performance, not results, the focus for Samoa Under 20s

1:46 pm on 1 May 2015

Samoa coach Semo Sititi says he won't be paying too much attention to the scoreboard during the Oceania Under 20s Rugby Championship, which kicks off tomorrow on the Gold Coast.

The Baby Manu play host country Australia first up, and along with New Zealand and Japan are using the event as preparation for next month's World Champs in Italy.

The tournament was meant to start today but deteriorating weather has forced organisationers to postpone it until tomorrow.

Samoa have four players returning from last year's Under 20 World Cup side and Semo Sititi says the games are a chance for them to test combinations and tactics, and says he's not focusing on the scoreline.

"It's all about performance. I want them to perform. It's all about getting together and doing the things that we trained. It's going to be different players playing in different positions, that I'm going to try out. I'm not expecting a win but I'm expecting a good performance because if they play well, perform well, the results will come".

Semo Sititi will finalise his World Cup squad after the Oceania tournament.

Former Manu Samoa international and current Samoa Under 20 coach Semo Sititi.

Former Manu Samoa international and current Samoa Under 20 coach Semo Sititi. Photo: PHOTOSPORT