Samoa conquers Tonga, two wins away from World Cup glory
Toa Samoa has claimed its third victory at the Rugby League World Cup 9s, beating Tonga, 24-20.
The win follows two other big victories over Fiji and the Cook Islands. It means Matt Parish's men march on to the semifinals of the tournament being played in Sydney.
According to NRL.com, Tonga scored first through Robert Jennings.
But Samoa replied with some slick passing from Jarome Luai and Tim Lafai as Danny Levi found the line.
"The trend continued, with Sione Katoa crossing for Tonga and Dean Blore hitting back for Samoa, before the Samoans went ahead 18-10 late in the half with Levi rolling in a grubber for Ligi Sao to touch down behind the posts," NRL.com reported.
"A bullocking run from Moses Leota put the Tonga defence on the back foot, and Levi darted clear from dummy half to send Samoa 14 points clear. Some dazzling footwork from Fanitsei Niu kept Tonga within reach with a skillful solo try and a Tevita Pangai jnr effort narrowed the scores to two, but Tonga ran out of time as Samoa prevailed."
Earlier, Samoa overcame another Pacific team, Cook Islands. Samoa picked up where they left off on Friday, defeating Cook Islands, 17-4.
Samoa's points came through tries from Tim Lafai, Dean Blore and Marion Seve. Cook Islands only managed one try through John Puna.
On Friday night, Toa Samoa proved far too clinical when they defeated Fiji, 32-17, at the Bankwest Stadium.
NRL.com reported that the Penrith Panthers connection ran riot when Toa Samoa opened their campaign.
This is what NRL.com reported about the game:
"Jarome Luai was the first on the board with a strong solo try in the second minute try and that was followed up by Moses Leota crossing under the sticks for a bonus zone try.
Fiji hit back when Maika Tudravu crossed in the right hand corner after Kevin Naiqama had butchered a try on the left hand side.
Tryscoring machine Brian To’o made it a Panthers trifecta of tries when he rounded out a powerful first half for Samoa by powering through four defenders.
To’o then made it a double courtesy of good lead-up from Danny Levi and Joey Leilua before Leota got a double of his own.
A late try to Bankwest Stadium cult hero Maika Sivo gave the crowd what they came for but it was too little too late for Fiji."