29 Oct 2013

Sport: Toa Samoa coach searching for improvement

12:36 pm on 29 October 2013

Samoa rugby league coach Matt Parish says his players will only get better as the World Cup tournament goes on.

The Toa produced a stirring second half fightback against New Zealand on Monday, cutting a 32 point deficit to 12 before eventually losing 42-24.

There were also a number of casualties in what was a bruising affair, as Samoa finished the game with only 15 players.

Matt Parish will welcome back captain Harrison Hansen for next week's match against Papua New Guinea in Hull and says there is still a lot to work on.

"Oh I just think we need to improve on what we've done. We've been together now ten days, we were just talking about it on the way up - we need to just get our combinations right, particularly defensively we had a few lapses there. It just comes through training and playing together. I think we let in some pretty soft tries at times, to be honest but we can fix them - I've got no doubt we can - and as I said we just need to improve as the tournament goes."