Pacific Nations Cup: Samoa wary of Tonga

Samoan rugby players after their team training at Albert Park in Suva. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

SAMOAN backline coach Chris Latham says Tonga will be a hard team to beat for the second round of the 2018 Pacific Nations Cup this weekend.

The former Wallaby fullback said the Tongans would come down hard on them, more physical in their approach.

“They will have a few tricks up their sleeves but we got to make sure that we look after ourselves, we take care of the ball and we aid the game on our terms,” he said.

Latham however added that respect for the opposition was vital for any intense competition.