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Australia vs Samoa

2017 Rugby League World Cup, November 17

Darwin Stadium, NT, Aus
Australia Samoa
46 SCORE 0
8 Tries 0
7 Conversions 0
0 Penalty Goals 0
0 Field Goals 0

The finals of the Rugby League World Cup have arrived, with Australia facing an inconsistent Samoa in Darwin. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 8:30pm (AEDT).

The weather could make this one of the toughest games of the tournaments. Current forecasts for the Northern Territory capital have temperatures as high as 33 degrees, with thunderstorms and nearly 90 per cent humidity.

If there are conditions less suited to rugby league, I’m yet to hear about them.

The Kangaroos will look to jump out to an early lead so they can take their stars off at the end of the game.

It may not be what Mal Meninga wants to do, given Australia’s problems have been in attack. They have let in just two tries across three games, but have been hampered by errors, despite the scores they ran up against France and Lebanon in their last two matches.

Picking a different 17 each week to give everyone a run hasn’t helped their cause, but they seemingly have their best side on the park from here on out. The only change from the opening match against England is that of the injured Jake Trbojevic missing out for Josh McGuire.

Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk, Michael Morgan and Cameron Smith will lead Australia around the park, but it’s the forward battle where this game will be won and lost.

Samoa have struggled given expectations coming into the tournament. It was always going to be a difficult run in what became known as the group of death, but a 14-all draw with a Scotland side missing Danny Brough last week simply wasn’t good enough.

Their halves, Ben Roberts and Jerome Luai, must find a way to step up if they are to get over the line. Jazz Tevaga and Young Tonumaipea round out a relatively weak spine, and it’s shown during their group games.

Even with a strong forward pack, consisting of Josh Papalii, Frank Pritchard, Leeson Ah Mau and Junior Paulo, they have been bullied throughout their games and the same will happen here if they don’t change their approach.

Australia should win, but it may not be as dominant as people think. The weather won’t be conducive to high scoring footy and the Kangaroos will be trying to preserve themselves for a semi-final against New Zealand.

Australia by 20.

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  • 11:57am
    Geoff from Bruce Stadium said | 11:57am | ! Report

    Samoa were incredibly disappointing in this World Cup. Just seemed to be going through the motions. No ticker. Even their version of the haka was limp last night.

    But the Aussies were clinical in punishing them. Billy Slater has been outstanding in support of Cronk and Smith. Morgan was great at 5/8. These blokes have such an appetite for the contest. In fact the attitude of the whole Aussie team has been tremendous. It would be easy to cruise through a contest like this but they were ruthless. And a special mention to Josh Dugan. I’ve been critical of his selections in the past but he has been a terrific contributor to the team in this World Cup.

  • 9:48am
    Big Daddy said | 9:48am | ! Report

    Samoa probably biggest failure of cup.
    But you don’t have to look very far.
    The coach has to take most of the blame.
    How this guy got a gig coaching amazes me.
    With the talent he had available big disappointment.
    Also he was NSW assistant .
    Another jobs for the boys.

    • 9:04pm
      Kane said | 9:04pm | ! Report

      Can’t go past NZ for biggest failure.

  • 2:31am
    Metta said | 2:31am | ! Report

    Very close game hey!? What a quarter final the best team in the world smashing the 4th best. League you are just to much

    • Roar Guru

      Sleiman Azizi said | 6:49am | ! Report

      Yes, because blowouts never occur in other sports and teams are always at their best…

    • 11:10am
      Fred said | 11:10am | ! Report

      Samoa’s not even close to 4th best.

  • 10:40pm
    Hehe said | 10:40pm | ! Report

    Very close game 4th best team absolutely smashed. What a joke!

    • 11:11am
      Fred said | 11:11am | ! Report

      Samoa’s not even close to 4th best.

      Nice to see you post the same comment under different names by the way. What a joke!

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 10:33pm | ! Report

    Thanks for joining me this evening on The Roar for our live coverage of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup as Australia smashed Samoa to book their place in the semi-finals next week.

    Hopefully you enjoyed the coverage.

    There are two more games coming your way tomorrow. First up, from 3pm (AEDT) it’ll be John Coomer to take you through Tonga and Lebanon, before Olly Matthews brings you New Zealand and Fiji at 5:30pm (AEDT). England and Papua New Guinea will finish the quarter-finals on Sunday at 4pm (AEDT) with Nick Kelland to provide the coverage of that one.

    Until next time, it’s bye for now.

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 10:29pm | ! Report

    Thoughts on the game Roarers?

    • Roar Guru

      Sleiman Azizi said | 10:49pm | ! Report

      Samoa simply didn’t challenge Australia in anyway.

      There were numerous moments, certainly in the first half, where a bit of sustained pressure on Australia could have been rewarded but Samoa lacked the discipline to take advantage.

      It was very obvious how Australia wore out Samoa without really having to do all that much. They kicked early and forced the Samoan forwards to waste their energy on simply getting back in line. Silly mistakes by them gifted Australia good field position.

      I could have sworn that they even let the Samoans run at them as they conserved their energy by not rushing out of the line and tackling the Samoans fresher than usual.

      Clever tactics by Australia.

      I liked Klemmer. Just a monster at Test level. It’s almost as if he runs further the more people are hanging off of him. Just insane.

      Anyway, I still think Australia are vulnerable to a team that is disciplined.

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 10:29pm | ! Report


    Ese’ese with a run, then another penalty as Woods holds him down trying to get to the siren. Samoa have one play to get on the board and it’s a grubber, but Gagai will get there, beating Papalii to bat the ball over the sideline.

    Australia are through to the semi-finals with a thrashing of Samoa. They haven’t conceded a point in their last 200+ miutes of football, which is simply sensational, as they were tonight. Little quiet in the second half, but their major question this week will be whether they can recover ahead of next Friday’s semi-final, likely to be against the New Zealander’s. They of course have to get over Fiji tomorrow though.

    Not a great performance from Samoa. Not a good tournament at all in fact and there is very little else to say about them.

    Australia 46
    Samoa 0

    • 10:38pm
      Jara W said | 10:38pm | ! Report

      Samoa turned up for the second half of their game against Tonga. Just long enough to show us all what they were capable of. But outside of that a very disappointing tournament for them.

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 10:26pm | ! Report

    80′ – Leilua with a dangerous run off the scrum, then it’s Tonumaipea taking on the line over halfway. Matagi turns a ball inside for Paulo, before they spread left and it’s a wonderful flick ball to Lafai who offloads from the ground to Papalii who is tackled. Chambers concedes a penalty.

    Australia 46
    Samoa 0

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 10:25pm | ! Report

    79′ – Holmes down the right-hand side, before they come over halfway through Gillett. Chambers now taken over the sideline with 100 seconds to go.

    Slater will finish on the bench.

    Australia 46
    Samoa 0

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 10:24pm | ! Report

    78′ – Time running down now. Not much left in this one as Samoa bring it out of their own end. Pritchard offloads to Papalii who is tackled about ten short of halfway before Paulo has a run. Last play and Roberts kicks long with Dugan bringing it back, linking with Holmes and then Gagai.

    Australia 46
    Samoa 0

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