Australia vs Samoa
10:30am Saturday 7th September
David Pocock made a successful yield as the Wallabies bid farewell to Australia using a hard-fought 34-15 victory over Samoa in Western Sydney Stadium on Saturday in their final game before the Rugby World Cup.
Flanker Pocock, sidelined by injury for most of the year and playing his first match captained the house side rather than the relaxed Michael Hooper and managed 58 minutes before making way.
The two world champions were 22-3 facing half-time using Pocock having provided the pass for lock Adam Coleman to evaluate the first of Australia’s six attempts at the eighth minute.
With flanker Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and centre Adam Ashley-Cooper additionally crossing before half-time if he rampaged four defenders from the 16th minute winger Marika Koroibete, that looked dangerous throughout, scored the pick of those scores.
Samoa centre Matt To’omua crossed in the last ten minutes to find the hosts to success and hit back after the break.
«It was a rough one, lots of big strikes. However, it was great to be back out there, very enjoyable,» said Pocock.
«There’s lots to work on the market, I thought a few of our silhouette was really great but it did receive a bit stop-start at times, they put us under stress and there’s a couple things in scrum time we will operate on.»
Samoa briefly threatened a replica of the upset they attained in Sydney in 2011 by using their resurgence in the second half following the first had finished with an injury.
Starting scrumhalf Scott Malolua needed a test introduction to forget, dislocating his shoulder at a try-line ruck to place his involvement from the World Cup in doubt.
His replacement Polataivao made an impact, however, scoring his first try after the Pacific islanders had dominated an attacking scrum along with the next eight minutes later after having a line-break from center Reynold Lee-Lo.
«It was a tough first half, we gave up four attempts through errors and a quality side like Australia are going to capitalise,» said Manu Samoa skipper Tusi Pisi.
«The boys have worked quite hard during the last month and hopefully we could put in some excellent performances at the World Cup.»
Although there will be a concern at Coleman leaving the area with what looked like a thumb problem after 56 minutes, australia came through unscathed about the injury front.
Coach Michael Cheika, who led Australia to the final four decades ago in England, will take reassurance from the fact that he fielded a side quite different from that expected to start the World Cup opener against Fiji in Sapporo on Sept. 21.
The Wallabies additionally face Georgia, Uruguay and Wales in Pool D, while Samoa are in Pool A with hosts Japan, Ireland, Scotland and Russia.