13 Jul 2011

Sport: Samoa determined to retain PNC title

11:18 am on 13 July 2011

Despite having one eye firmly on the Rugby World Cup, Manu Samoa coach Fuimaono Tafua expects nothing less than a win when his side conclude their Pacific Nations Cup campaign against Tonga on Wednesday afternoon.

Tafua has made 10 changes to his starting line-up from the team that lost to Fiji at the weekend, as he seeks to give his full squad game-time before selecting his Rugby World Cup squad.

He says with the chance of defending their PNC title still a distinct possibility he expects his players to perform.

"Not only to win but also we want bonus points from that win. We are all in a tight - as I said the Fijians and the Tongans, Japan as well, they all have their chances."

Following today's final round Samoa head to Sydney where they play Australia on Sunday.