It will be another fiery and physical battle when Manu Samoa battles the ‘Ikale Tahi of Tonga at Apia Park, Samoa on Saturday afternoon.
With close to 15,000 fans expected, the two teams have stated it will be a Polynesian battle that will keep the crowd entertained.
“It will definitely be tough, fiery and physical, like every other Pacific rugby battle,” Seilala Mapusua, Samoa’s chief tactician told RNZ Pacific.
“We know Tonga will be tough, they love the physicality and it’s a Polynesian battle on top of that. Whenever Samoa plays Tonga, the world stands still for us.
“It’s another pre-World Cup game for us and we will go in to do what we have trained to do and hopefully we can come out on top in the end.”
His Tongan counterpart Toutai Kefu echoed Mapusua’s comments and added they just had to focus on their game plan.
“Definitely will be physical and they will be tough at home,” the former Wallaby No. 8 said.
“We have a team that we are building and as long as they stay with their game plan and do what they need to do they should be okay.”
Neither team can win the Pacific Nations Cup as Fiji are flying high at the top with 10 points, five more than Japan, but the two teams playing in Samoa this weekend are building for the World Cup which begins in October.
Prop leads for Samoa
Michael Alaalatoa gets to skipper the Samoans, replacing Fritz Lee, who had led the team in their two Tests so far.
He teams up with former All Black Charlie Faumuina upfront and their leadership will be critical for the side.
Alalatoa said the team were in peak condition for the Test.
“We’ve had a really good week of training and are really excited about what we can do against the Tongans.
“The Tongan games are one-off games. It doesn’t matter what the result was in the past, we can only expect the best from each other on the day.
“There will be a lot of collisions. They have firepower in the backs, we have got our work cut out for us, but we are looking forward to an exciting challenge.”