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A fraction of point, let to Samoas victory
Team Samoa made it to the Monday’s much awaited World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup 2015 title decider at the Swan guard Stadium in Burnaby. The team did leave Fiji Island behind by a marginal .13 points. Samoa stands at 9th rank. Samoa gained .31 rating in their match against the host Canada with 21-20.Whereas, Fiji’s win against Japan earned them .73 of a point.
Japan is at 14th rank. Tonga won against USA with a score of 33-19. Tonga ranks 12th and they are scheduled to play a match against Japan. Georgia takes 13th place replacing Brave Blossoms
Leading the lot is New Zealand with a score of 94.33 following them is, team South Africa who is behind by 7.06 points, followed by Ireland and England. Eight teams would face each other on the 8th. Namibia would face Kenya. Australia will face the till now champions New Zealand. Wales will face Ireland. Ranked second till now team South Africa will face Argentina.
USA and Canada rival countries from North America will fight the fifth place in the Pacific Nations Cup still placed 16th and 18th in the world respectively in spite of a further decrease to their point’s total.
The USA, however, are now some distance behind Italy, the side immediately above them in the rankings, after losing 0.44 of a point to drop to 68.04 points while Canada’s latest defeat costed them 3/10th and they stand on 65.61 points.
While Los Teros’ 30-26 win against Montevideo would have done wonders for their self-reliance ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015, it did not have any outcome on their ranking as the match wasn’t amongst two senior international teams.
Nevertheless, Uruguay coach Pablo Lemoine was happy with his country’s first ever victory against Argentina in a senior 15s fixture.
There is a stereotype that exist with team Samoa that they are blessed with the best talents and they can upset the best players when the showcase it.
Lemonine said that, for the past two to three years the teams and their coaches have been building themselves for victory. Wins are needed to keep up the boost of morale. Wins make it easy to work on the team’s performance, But, he also mentioned that it is very important to learn from defeats. Learning’s from defeats help teams to win the match. He said added that team Samoa standing at the ninth place is a reflection that the team had worked on themselves all this while, they had learnt from their defeats and had changed many things in themselves.
The win is a major confidence booster in team Samoa. Whereas fans await the match on Monday to see if Samoa climbs further up the ladder.