Vaeluaga laments errors, lack of execution in U.S.A. loss

The Manu Samoa are ruing poor execution after a 10-13 loss to the U.S.A. in their second Pacific Nations Cup match in Suva, Fiji.

Conditions weren't perfect, but more forgiving than last weekend's mud bath at Apia Park.

However both sides were inconsistent at best with the ball, and only managed one try each.

Head coach Vaeluagaomatagi Steve Jackson said his Manu started the game poorly and are disappointed with the loss.

“There were things in our game that we if we had’ve been able to execute properly, we would’ve come away with a different result," he said.

“What it does show is that this is international rugby, this is not club football."

He said the difference at the higher level is there are fewer opportunities, so you have to take them when they present themselves.

“I didn’t think we did that very well today, and our error rate was high."

Vaeluaga noted his side turned down a couple of kickable penalties in the second half as they struggled to turn pressure and field position into points.

“This whole P.N.C. is about giving these guys an opportunity and letting them make decisions for themselves."

Vice-Captain Alapati Leiua echoed his coach's disappointment with the result, but said that was the nature of rugby.

“Gotta take the learning from it and move on," he said. 

He said they will review the game over the next few days, as well as Fiji's second-round 38-13 victory over Canada ahead of their match with their hosts next week.

“Tough side, so make sure we prepare well and recovery is important for us to make sure we are ready for it."

U.S.A. coach Gary Gold paid tribute to the strength of the Manu team. 

“It’s just really good from our point of view that we’re competitive, against such a good Samoan team

“And then a little bit of luck at the end, we’ll always take that in rugby."

Samoa take on Fiji at 8.15 pm Samoa time next Saturday in the final game of the Pacific Nations Cup.

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