20 Mar 2012

Sport: Samoa and Tonga A teams finish NZ tour winless

12:00 pm on 20 March 2012

After a sobering fortnight in New Zealand, Samoa A insist they've learnt some harsh lessons about what it takes to be successful.

Samoa were beaten 29-16 by the Hurricanes Development team in Porirua on Monday, after they had led 16-12 at halftime.

The pressure eventually told with two Samoan players sent to the sin bin and the home team crossing for three second half tries.

Samoa A coach Selefuti Patu says the standard of the New Zealand teams was a big jump from their matches in Australia.

"We were outmuscled in most of the games in New Zealand. I think we need to step up our development because we now see if we don't have a proper development in Samoa we can't compete with these teams here in New Zealand. Especially this sort of tournament it's very useful for us, it's chances for other players to be picked by clubs here and they come here and play and improve their game."

Tonga A also ended their stay in New Zealand without a win after being thrashed 62-8 by the Highlanders Development team in Dunedin.

Fiji Warriors lead the PRC standings after the Australian and New Zealand legs with five wins from six matches.

The Pacific Series will be played in Fiji in October.