Give Samoan rugby some respect
Wales' scrum-half Mike Phillips is tackled during the 2011 Rugby World Cup pool D Wales vs Samoa match (AAP Image/AFP, Philippe Lopez)
Wallabies supporters like to harp on about Australia’s loss to Samoa last year being a result of the home side showing no respect to their opponents.
After watching the 2011 World Cup I find the constant demeaning references to Samoa by Wallabies supporters, as though Samoa was a minnow side, as laughable.
I am left wondering if any of the people here who constantly bring this loss up have even bothered to watch Samoa play in 2011.
If they had have watched Samoa, they would have seen a side that thrashed Fiji, pushed Wales very close and were very unlucky not to beat South Africa.
The Wallabies decided to play Samoa with a heap of their regular starters out of the starting line-up last year.
They under-estimated their opponent pre-match and they got burnt by them on the field.
If you asked Wales or South Africa how they might have gone against them if they chose to rest most of the regular starters, I bet they would not be confident of a victory.
So before another one of you Wallaby supporters bring up the loss to Samoa last year, take the time to analyse what Samoa did last year and give them the respect they deserve.
You fielded a B side against an a side that showed the form you would expect from a Six Nations powerhouse throughout 2011.
And you lost.
Stop bleating like you lost to a minnow. Samoa are no easybeats.
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