18 Jul 2011

Samoa put rugby world on notice

8:59 am on 18 July 2011

The Samoan rugby team's victory over Australia in Sydney yesterday proved once again that when they are at full strength, the Pacific Islanders are a match for any team in the world.

While not perhaps as much a dramatic breakthrough as their victory over Wales at the 1991 World Cup, the 32-23 win over the Wallabies at Olympic Stadium will resonate far beyond their Polynesian home.

Wales have again been grouped with Samoa as well as South Africa, Fiji and Namibia for this year's tournament and none of their rivals will be relishing the prospect of facing them in New Zealand.

However fullback Paul Williams says the victory over the Wallabies, who are ranked second in the world, could be a double edged sword for the Samoans.