22 Nov 2010

Manu Samoa run England close, Fiji draw with Wales

2:00 pm on 22 November 2010

Manu Samoa flanker Manaia Salave'a says the days where they lined-up against top rugby nations expecting a crushing defeat are now in the past.

Titimaea Tafua's side went down 26-13 at Twickenham yesterday, after only trailing 6-3 at half-time in a bruising encounter.

It comes after a similarly fighting performance the previous week against Ireland.

Manaia Salave'a, who came off the bench for just his second test cap, says belief in the team is growing and if it weren't for a few key errors they could have run the home side ever closer.

"I'm surprised in the first half when it was 6-3 it was difficult, quite hard, and the mentality you know - for me it was just my second test for Manu Samoa. It was quite good - the only problem was the mistakes and the communication as well. I'm so confident with the boys and for next week I think how we can do this. It's a massive score, the result, and I came on yesterday and I'm surprised because I think we can do this if they get together."

Samoa wrap up their Northern Hemisphere tour this coming weekend against a Scotland team who caused a boilover on the weekend - upsetting South Africa 21-17 courtesy of six penalty goals and a drop-goal to first-five Dan Parks.

Fiji also turned the rugby world on it's head - a penalty from fly-half Seremaia Bai with the last kick of the game earning them an impressive 16-all draw against Wales in Cardiff.