12 Jun 2007

Samoa coach says too many Yellow cards cost them

10:01 am on 12 June 2007

The Manu Samoa rugby union coach Michael Jones says his side paid the price for the number of penalties and yellow cards they were dealt during their one off test loss to South Africa last weekend.

Samoa scored a try and penalty in their 35-8 loss at Ellis Park.

However, Jones says the penalties were the difference not their performance.

"You just can't compete with 13, 14 men Yellow cards killed us and maybe that was the only difference between the two teams at the end of the day just the fact that we were playing with 13 14 men, for too long you just can't do that, but I think when you look at our contribution to the game it would have been just as significant as what the Springboks achieved."

Manu Samoa and Fiji who lost to the Wallabies, return to Six Nations Pacific Cup competition where they play Japan and Tonga respectively.

And the Junior All Blacks will host Australia A in Dunedin, both teams unbeaten so far.