Samoa bump passionate Chile out of their way


Chile’s rugby team has never been considered one of the red flashing lights of world rugby, but Los Cóndores should get a pat on the back for their two performances so far in this year’s World Cup tournament.

After Japan beat the Chileans 42-12 in their first match, Samoa followed it up with a 43-10 victory in Bordeaux on Saturday afternoon.

Chile kept up in the first half and trailed just 10-19. Their forwards, such cool men without necks and with flower-colored ears, stood their ground and their backs were full of enterprise.

But a lack of discipline, fitness and skills cost them, just like many others of the so-called little ones.

Chile, which competes in South America with Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil, has already played twice (as far as could be ascertained) against the Junior Springboks or Gazelle.

In 1959 the Junior Springbok team of Peter Allen destroyed Chile 73-0 and in 1966 the Gazelle (with former Springboks such as Syd Nomis, Jannie Barnard, Dawie de Villiers, Jan Ellis, Gawie Carelse, Gys Pitzer and Gert Kotze in the team ), defeating Los Cóndores 73-3.

According to information, there are only 23 clubs in Chile.

The country is 22nd in the latest world rankings and still has a long way to go, although they knocked Canada and America out of their way in their bid to qualify for the World Cup for the first time.

Samoa, a tiny island, has been one of the stalwarts of world rugby for years.

Their players are strong, skilled, fast and passionate. Sometimes their discipline sucks (each team got two yellow cards), but playmakers like Duncan Paia’aua, Danny Toala, Nigel Ah-Wong, Christian Leali’ifano, Lima Sopoaga, Steven Luatua, Fritz Lee, Taleni Seu, Michael Alaalatoa, Theo McFarland and Seilala Lam add a lot of value.

Don’t be surprised if they progress to the knockout rounds again, because they are a sight to behold.

Scorers: Samoa 43 (19): Tries: Ducan Paia-aua, Jonathan Taumateine, Fritz Lee, Sama Malolo (2). Goals: Christian Leali’ifano (2), Lima Sopoaga. Penalty goals: Leali’ifano (4).

Chile 10 (10): Three: Matias Dittus. Goal kick: Benjamin Videla. Penalty goal: Matias Garafulic.