20 Nov 2013

Sport: Rugby League Samoa says making the quarter finals is a sign of progress

11:29 am on 20 November 2013

The President of Rugby League Samoa says making the World Cup quarter finals is a result that fans should be proud of.

The Toa were knocked out of the tournament on Monday, beaten 22-4 by Pacific rivals Fiji.

Samoa lost their opening group match against defending champions New Zealand and also recorded wins over Papua New Guinea and France during their stay in the Northern Hemisphere.

Tagaloa Faafouina Su'a says while they would have liked to go further, a top eight finish is a good result.

"This is the first time ever that our Toa Samoa team has made it to the quarter final. Considering the fact that our preparations from the start with lots of challenges - playing pulling out due to injuries and other commitments and then we fielded a really young team - some players for the first time they played an international test - in the end two wins [and] two losses, making the quarter finals, is like a step from the other years."

Samoa played five tests in 2013 and Tagaloa Faafouina Su'a says the Asia Pacific Rugby League Federation has been working hard to ensure they and other countries in the region will have a meaningful international programme next year.