Australia vs Samoa
10:30am Saturday 7th September
David Pocock made an effective return as the Wallabies bidding farewell to Australia using a hard-fought 34-15 victory over Samoa in Western Sydney Stadium on Saturday in their final game before the Rugby World Cup.
Flanker Pocock, playing his first game since March 8 and sidelined by injury for most of the season, managed 58 minutes prior to making way and captained the house side.
The world champions were 22-3 facing half-time using Pocock having provided the pass for lock Adam Coleman to evaluate the first of Australia’s six attempts at the eighth minute.
Winger Marika Koroibete, that looked dangerous throughout, scored the pick of those scores with flanker Lukhan Salakaia-Loto along with centre Adam Ashley-Cooper additionally crossing half-time if he rampaged previous four defenders from the 16th minute.
Samoa centre Matt To’omua spanned in the previous ten minutes to find the hosts safely to success and hit back after the break.
“It was a demanding one, lots of big strikes. But it was great to be out there, very interesting,” said Pocock.
“There’s a lot to work on there, I thought some of our shape was really great but it did get somewhat stop-start occasionally, they put us under stress and there’s a couple things at scrum time we’ll work on.”
Samoa temporarily threatened a replica of those upset they achieved in their last game against the Wallabies in Sydney in 2011 after the first had finished with an injury.
Starting scrumhalf Scott Malolua had a test debut to forget, dislocating his shoulder at a try-line ruck to place his participation from the World Cup in doubt.
His replacement Polataivao made an effect scoring his first try in the 53rd minute following the Pacific islanders had mastered the attacking scrum and the second eight minutes later following a line-break from centre Reynold Lee-Lo.
“It was a difficult first halfwe gave up four tries through errors and a superior side like Australia are likely to capitalise,” said Manu Samoa skipper Tusi Pisi.
“The boys have worked very hard over the previous month and hopefully we could add some decent performances at the World Cup.”
Although there will be a concern in Coleman leaving the area with what looked like a thumb issue after 56 minutes, australia came through front.
Coach Michael Cheika, that led Australia to the last four decades back in England, will require pleasure from the fact that he fielded a side very different from that expected to start the World Cup opener against Fiji in Sapporo on Sept. 21.
The Wallabies confront Wales, Uruguay and Georgia in Pool D, whereas Samoa are in Pool A with hosts Japan, Ireland, Scotland and Russia.
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