Aussie U20s wary of frisky Samoans

World Rugby U20s Championship
by Sam Phillips

England may have taught them a rugby lesson but the Australian U20s aren't taking Samoa lightly.

The teams met at the Oceania Championship and while the Australians were never placed under too much duress, the Samoans showed they were more than capable of scoring points.

It was the set piece play and defensive lapses which cost the Samoans at Bond University six weeks ago but Jordan Uelese said he expects a more physical contest tonight.

"When you look at Samoa and their forward pack, they come with a lot of physicality," he said.


"Samoans being Samoans means they come with huge hits and a lot of heart.

"We're really keen for the battle up front and I think the boys know what to expect."

The Australians were good but certainly not great against Wales.

Combinations haven't quite clicked yet and they will have to lift to take care of business against Samoa before hitting top gear against England on Friday.The Aussie U20s were lucky to get away with a win against Wales. Photo: World Rugby/Lasha KuprashviliCoach Simon Cron is trying a few different things with nine changes to his starting XV in search of some better quality football but one player that earned a break is Izaia Perese.

The livewire outside centre was in everything against Wales and scored the match winner with a blistering turn of foot.

He didn't want to take credit for the result but said the adrenaline was pumping through his body as he split the Welsh line with two minutes to play.

"You just have the adrenaline pumping through you in the moment and it was an unreal feeling," he said.

"The forwards were the ones that put me in the position to score the try so it's a real credit to the boys."

The Australian U20s face Samoa U20s tonight in Georgia, kicking off at 9:30pm AEST, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS.

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