So close yet so far
To those that watched the Toa Samoa Residents against New South Wales Country the game was Toa’s for the taking but handling errors and attitude saw NSW take the win yet again 22 to 18.Toa Samoa coach Ponifasio Vasa said that despite losing he has seen great improvement in his side and is very proud of their efforts. “The boys played very well, it was a big change from Monday’s game and I am very proud of the way they played.”“The games was ours but unfortunately we made too many mistakes which eventually cost us the game, hats off to NSW for a very good game.” NSW captain Sam Wooden said that playing Toa was very hard and they had to dig deep to produce the win.”“It was a very physical game and we always knew Toa Samoa was not going to be easy, my boys did played well and I’m extremely proud of them.” Nine minutes into the first half Chris Pyne of NSW with some fancy footwork stepped his way to the try line to draw first blood, conversion by Captain Sam Wooden was unsuccessful leaving points at four nil. Four minutes after that Lio Lolo answered with a corner try to level the scores at four all as Toa captain Teofilo Lepou failed to convert.It was a brutal game and Toa certainly redeemed the selves from Monday’s performance with some spot on tackling, heavy hit saw four NSW players carried off the field. Both teams put up solid defenses as well as superb attacking skill yet at the stroke of half time no other points were conceded and the scores remained four all.The second half saw a lot more effort by the boys in blue allowing Tanielu Pasene to cross the NSW try line to put Samoa in front 8 to four. NSW answered back with another try to level the scores yet again as no conversions we successful for both sides and the score were eight all.It was NSW again to take the lead with another try and this time Wooden landed the conversion taking the scores to 14 points against Toa’s eight.