17 Sep 2007

Samoa rugby captain says they didn't play well enough

11:13 am on 17 September 2007

Samoa rugby captain,Semo Sititi, says his side didn't front up individually and didn't really play at the best of its ability

Samoa's quarterfinal dream at the Rugby World Cup is over after Tonga halted a losing streak against its pacific neighbour, which threatened to hit double figures, 19-15, in their Pool A game in Montpellier.

Tonga finished the game with just 13 players after Hale T Pole was sent off for foul play and replacement Toma Toke was sin-binned in the last four minutes.

They held on grimly to leapfrog England into second place in the Pool A standings after their 25-15 win over the United States during the week.

Tonga's next game is against group leaders South Africa but their chances of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time will almost certainly come down to their final match against England, who must now beat Samoa and Tonga just to earn a shot at Australia.

Samoa went into today's match expected to win and set up their big clash with England after thumping Tonga 50-3 earlier this year.

But Tonga lock, Inoke Afeaki, says Samoa coach, Michael Jones, has known what his side is capable of for a long time and Tonga played exactly how it had to play to beat them.

Afeaki says Tonga produced a better all-round game than Samoa

Meanwhile Fiji is eyeing its first World Cup quarterfinal appearance since 1987 after a second successive bonus point win, 29-16 over Canada in Cardiff

Fiji, who led 15-6 at half-time, has moved into second place in Pool B behind Australia, piling the pressure onto Wales, who they'll meet in a winner-takes-all clash in Nantes in their final pool game in 13 days time.

Fiji will next play Australia this weekend.