Samoa heed lessons learned

Kagifa Samoa skipper Leon Fukofuka believes his side is ready to deliver their best performance of 2019 and end their campaign on a high by handing the Western Force their first loss of the Pacific Showcase Series.

A win on Saturday at Ballymore in Brisbane would be a great reward for effort for the Kagifa Samoa side who have been competitive in bursts in their opening three games but have yet to pull together a full 70-minute performance.

The 24-year-old has been one of the shining lights alongside the likes of Kalione Hala, Callum Adams and Dylan Lam for Kagifa Samoa. He has shouldered the responsibility of leadership with great composure both on and off the field.

Harnessing the individual talent of the Kagifa Samoa side into a cohesive unit would be more than enough to trouble any team in the 2019 Showcase and there is no bigger scalp that the Force who have yet to drop a game in the series.

Putting the West Australian side to the sword is easier said than done however having dismantled the Samoan’s in Perth a fortnight ago scoring nine tries to one.

“We learnt a lot from that game, especially in that second half,” Fukofuka said.

“The Western Force are a very good team and we know it will be a hard game, but if we trust the system and we trust our tools then things go right for us. We saw that against Fiji last weekend.”

After having a host of new players filter through the team throughout the series, the side has a more settled look about it this week which can only help in building team cohesion on the field.

“Just knowing how each other plays and the little things that we can all bring to the team is important and I think we’re getting there with that understanding,” said Fukofuka.

“It’s a good group of boys and I think it is just a matter of trusting and executing what the coaches are telling us and we will give ourselves the best opportunity to win the game.”

Kagifa Samoa v Western Force

Saturday, 15 June 2019 | Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane
Gates open: 2.00pm | Kick-off: 3.40pm

Free entry at the gate

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