Samoa confidence boosted by success of Pacific teams

It will be an uphill battle for the Samoans, who are still yet to win a game in this year’s tournament and will have to play a full-strength Australian side which has conceded only 10 points so far.

But following the success of Tonga last week, Tagataese says it shows the top tier nations aren’t invincible and they’re in with a shot.

"It grows confidence and encourages a lot of the other players around Australia and T GROWS New Zealand – Pacific boy – to strive and play for their countries or their parents’ country of birth,’ said the former captain.