17 Nov 2018

Sport: Manu Samoa back forwards to do the job vs Georgia

11:00 am on 17 November 2018

Manu Samoa plan to fight fire with fire and target Georgia's monster pack in tonight's second match of their Northern Rugby Tour.

The Manu were pipped 30-29 by the United States last weekend after giving away a penalty in the final minute.

Samoa hooker Motu Matu'u on the burst against Georgia.

Samoa hooker Motu Motu'u on the burst against Georgia in 2016. Photo: Renee McKay/SRU

Head coach Steve Jackson said their set pieces performed well in that match and the want to use their forwards as a weapon in Tbilisi against a Georgian team who are no slouches up front.

"The last time I think Samoa played them they got destroyed at scrum time so our set piece needs to be on point," he said.

"We need to be able to compete there because if we don't it's going to be a long day at the office for our boys so critical for our game as well, especially at set piece time, we get front-foot ball for our backline and start creating things for them."

Samoa have played four tests against the Lelos, with their only victory coming back in 2003.

Georgia, who were beaten 28-17 by Italy last weekend, have won both times Samoa have played in Tbilisi, including a four point victory in their most recent encounter two years ago.