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Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Will Samoa make it to the Quarters this year?


The Manu Samoa has 79 more days to prepare for its opening fixture against the mighty Springboks. The last time this two teams met was two weeks ago when Manu Samoa was beaten by a Springboks “B” team by 35 – 8 at Ellis Park. The next game will be in the Rugby World Cup in Paris where I believe Jake White will come with his “A” team to play against the brave Samoans.

The Manu Samoa was known very well in the history of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) when it first enters n 1991 RWC in England. This is when Samoa upset Wales (16-13), scares the champions Australia (9-3) and beat Argentina (28 -12) in there last pool game.
For the history the Manu Samoa reach to the Rugby World Cup Quarterfinals for the first time. That same feat happens in the Rugby World Cup in 1995 but it was a different story for the 1999 and 2003.
Can we repeat this?

However, that is history and the big question now whether Michael Jones can take Manu Samoa to the quarter finals next year. So far I believe the Manu Samoa can beat England if they really try to avoid silly mistakes like what Seilala Mapusua was doing against Juniors. The team I believe is in a very good shape for this year in France.

Expectations from the Samoan community is really high this time since we witnessed Springboks demolished England and the Samoan chances are high. Lets no count our chicks now but wait for the games to begin and see how our boys will perform.

Samoa will play South Africa on the 09th September in Paris, followed by Tonga on the 16th September, decider with England on the 22nd September and there last pool game against USA on the 26th September. The question is: Will Samoa live the Rugby World Cup after playing USA? Will the Manu Samoa play against the Wallabies in the quarters? All in the all we have to wait for the result against Samoa and Tonga this weekend.

Good luck for the Manu Samoa.

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