Ieremia laments loss

MANU Samoa coach Alama Ieremia was a disappointed man after the loss to the Vodafone Flying Fijians on home soil yesterday.

The former Samoa and All Blacks star said he was not only disappointed with the loss to Fiji but he was disappointed that they lost a game which every Samoan rugby fan wanted them to win.

“I wanted a win,” Ieremia said after the game at Apia Park in Samoa yesterday.

“It was disappointing to lose this game which we really want to win.

“It was also disappointing to lose both our 2017 Pacific Nations Cup games.”

The loss to Fiji has sent Samoa to the bottom of the Pacific Nations Cup and also the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers.

This means they will head to Europe to play in the repechage for a spot in the next RWC in Japan.

“But we will rise again,” Ieremia said.

“We need some time to reassess ourselves and set focus on the next stage of our campaign.”

On the game against Fiji Ieremia said they knew the Fijians would come back stronger in the second half.

“We failed to maintain our possession and allowed them room to use their speed to finish us off,” he said.

“But I am proud of the boys and I know they are all disappointed with the loss.

“We will need to regroup and come out stronger in our mission to secure a spot in the next RWC in Japan.”

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