Tough start for Toa Samoa at World Cup
Samoa can lay a strong claim to having the toughest start at the Rugby League World Cup, with a match against the reigning world champions New Zealand.
The Toa were thrashed 52-16 by the England Knights in their only warm-up game and have also had to deal with the late withdrawal of former captain Roy Asotasi.
Centre Junior Sau is one of five ex Kiwis in the Toa squad and made his Toa Samoa debut in April’s Pacific test against Tonga.
The 26 year old admits it’s a difficult start to the tournament.
“You know obviously they’re a world class team - they’ve got a lot of superstars in that team - but we’re just focusing on ourselves and just doing the best as individuals for Samoa. We’re not looking too far ahead - we’ll just concentrate on the Kiwis this week and we will just basically go from there. I can’t say we’re going to make the semis or whatever but just take it game by game.”
The World Cup officially gets underway tomorrow morning with England taking on Australia at Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium.