30 Aug 2011

Sport: Samoa rugby believes its set piece has improved markedly

10:35 am on 30 August 2011

The assistant coach of the Samoa rugby team says their set piece work should impress fans at next month's World Cup.

At the weekend Samoa completed its on field preparation with a second win against the Western Force and officially named its 30 man squad to be lead by hooker Mahroni Schwalger.

Forwards coach Tom Coventry says the collision area will be a key area at the tournament, a breeding ground for penalties if teams get it wrong.

"We're quite comfortable the boys have a buy in on what we want to do at the breakdown. Keeping the ball alive and keeping the referee out of the game in the modern day era is pretty key. Being disciplined at scrum time too, at set piece, is important for us. Sometime we can get ahead of ourselves and worry about what we are going to do next. We've got an understanding that being strong in those phases of play is really important now. You'll find Samoa has improved significantly at set piece. And that may be part of the reason why we've made a bit of an impression."