17 Mar 2015

Sport: Samoa A braced for Fiji challenge

1:19 pm on 17 March 2015

Samoa A are bracing for their biggest challenge yet as they seek to maintain their winning start to the World Rugby Pacific Challenge.

Fresh from narrow victories over the Tonga and Canada A teams, Samoa take on the Fiji Warriors in Suva on Wednesday.

Head coach Potu Leavasa says he was pleased with the improvement shown from his players in their first two games but says the hosts will be another step up.

"It's a big test for them to play against Fiji, especially at this level. We know that the Fijians are a strong team [with] big forwards and compared to my teams they all play rugby [at] clubs back home. It's also a challenge for them to put their names on the Manu Samoa squad for the World Cup this year".

Samoa are second in Pool A and need Canada A to produce an upset in their final pool match against the Argentina Pampas XV if they're to finish top and qualify for the grand final.

A win for Fiji would be enough for them to top Pool B, while Junior Japan face Tonga A in the other match.