24 Sep 2016

Sport: Samoa Schools talk up chances v Australia

10:19 am on 24 September 2016

The Samoa Schools rugby team is confident of toppling their Australian counterparts in one-off international at Apia Park this afternoon.

The teams met in Brisbane last year, when the home side prevailed 39-24, but last played in Samoa in 2010.

The Australians have been busy during their stay, conducting training clinics with local schools and taking part in a night of traditional Samoan entertainment featuring fire dancers.

rugby ball

rugby ball Photo: 123RF

The President of the Samoa Schools Rugby Association, Tuave Titi Toa, said the home side was looking forward to a winning performance.

"We are looking forward to win this game. The Aussie boys are huge, high, taller but we are looking at the speed. That will be the speed (with which) we are going to beat the Aussie boys but also to increase the pressure," he said.

"So that is the tactic that we are looking at and then the spirit of the game so that the boys will play with their passions and their hearts in order to win the game."

This is the only match of the year for Samoa Schools, with Australia to play Fiji and New Zealand in Auckland next week.