Samoa wary of Wallabies in Australia side

Samoa players returning from a training session in Suva on Monday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Manu Samoa captain Michael Ala’alatoa says they are here to compete and show what Samoan rugby has to offer during the Pacific Nations Cup.

The Samoans take on Australia A on Saturday at 1pm at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay and they are ready for the challenge.

“All players come from competitions all around the world and this week is all about installing the system of how we want to play,” said Ala’alatoa.

“Not much of that will change this week and the primary focus will be on ourselves in getting our game going and how we can impose that on Australia A this weekend.”

The Leinster club prop says they know how threatening the Australian side is, poised with Wallabies players and standout performers from the five Australian teams in the Super Rugby Pacific competition.

“There are a few Wallabies players in their team and they played Super Rugby all year so there are well-formed combinations within the team,” he said.

“We know we have the capability to compete since we have players from the Moana Pasifika side with us and that is something we will use to our advantage.

“They have some exciting players that can do damage but we are confident that if we work on our system, fans will be in for a good match.”

The side is coach by former Samoa and Highlanders centre Seilala Mapusua who is assisted by former All Blacks Tana Umaga.

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