24 May 2007

Junior All Blacks expect Samoa to be intense

10:34 am on 24 May 2007

The Junior All Blacks are expecting an intense effort from Manu Samoa in their opening Pacific Cup Nations rugby game in Apia this weekend.

Samoa ground out an 8-3 win against Fiji in rugged weather conditions to get its Cup campaign running.

Junior All Black co-coach, Ian Foster, says Samoa were typically strong in the forwards but also were physical in the mid field.

Foster says some of his squad is carrying bumps and bruises from the recently completed Super 14 season