Samoa’s 28-22 loss to Japan in their Rugby World Cup Pool D match on Thursday resulted from poor teamwork and discipline, which leaves their prospects of making it to the quarterfinals hanging by a thread.
Samoa will likely play for dignity in Lille. Still, only an unusual series of outcomes, including a bonus-point victory over a pre-qualified England in their last group game on Oct. 7, could see them progress.
Also, they could have a few objections. In addition to giving up 12 penalties to Japan, Samoa saw wing Ben Lam earn a red card after 47 minutes for a violent challenge, and scrumhalf Jonathan Taumateine received a yellow card.
“I’m happy for the boys. Seilala Mapusua, the head coach, remarked, “I could not have been more pleased with the effort and all they put into the game.
It isn’t easy to be down after receiving a red card, and unfortunately for Ben Lam, Japan took advantage of the situation to win.
Mapusua said the loss was mostly due to his team’s lack of discipline.
“It is quite worrying. We must execute the tackle correctly on a technical level, or we will be penalized. That was evident in the previous three games, not only in our games but also in the rest of the competition.
We have a few injuries, so we’ll need the next few days to heal completely. Then England will be a concern for us.
Captain Fritz Lee said his team failed to care for the ball and gave up too many possessions.
The effort was there, but the fundamentals of the game, in my opinion, let us down, said Lee.
We needed to treat the ball with more respect than we did since Japan was more clinical than us. In the end, our penalty count did not assist.