Video: Samoa savours its sweet victory
Samoa spent yesterday drinking in a sweet victory against Scotland, one that was a long time coming and all the sweeter for it.
Lots of overseas media attention focused on the crashing and crushing runs by giant left-wing Alesana Tuilagi, who scored two tries and was central to victory.
"Alesana is a colossus of a man and he came through for us when we needed him," Samoa captain Paul Williams was quoted as saying.
"We've always been on the wrong side of some close results against Scotland, so it's great to right that today.”
Quotes from the winning captain were far and few between as the European press absorbed the loss of another bastion of northern rugby.
Most stories instead carried lengthy explanations from the losing Scottish side.
Captain Greig Laidlaw was frank.
"We gave a very disappointing performance and were always struggling after conceding two early tries. Missing four players on tour with the British and Irish Lions is no excuse.”
"There were not many positives to take from this match and we need to have a long, hard look at ourselves before we tackle South Africa in Nelspruit next weekend."
Meantime, back at home, the fans went wild.
Rugby has such strong support that even the rival code, Rugby League Samoa, proudly pasted a link to the win on their Facebook page.
The link lead to the Sydney Morning Herald which, unlike most northern hemisphere media, actually led with comments from the winning captain, Paul Williams.
By press time yesterday that single story had more than 340 “likes”.
"It was nice to beat Scotland at last after losing narrowly the last time we met," said stand-in Samoa captain and centre Paul Williams, deputising for injured wing David Lemi.