20 Jul 2012

Sport: Samoa hope to banish nerves ahead of second NSW clash

10:59 am on 20 July 2012

The Samoa Residents team are hoping their nerves have disappeared for today's second and final rugby league match against New South Wales Country in Apia.

The home side lost 36-22 in Monday's opening game, in what was their first match together in a year.

Samoa coach Ponifasio Vasa says with a game now under their belts and a few extra days of training he hopes his players will be more clinical with the ball in hand.

"On Monday obviously we didn't start well. I can tell that some of the boys, because eight of them who were starting on Monday it was their debut and I can tell that there's a bit of nerves in the team and that is why we didn't execute the plan that we worked on. We've used the last two, three days to rectify what we were trying to execute on Monday for today's game."