The touring Samoan Schools team have had a resounding win in their first match.
They defeated a Shoalhaven Barbarian Schools team 56-0 at Shoalhaven Rugby Park in Nowra on the south coast of NSW.
They scored five tries in the first half and four in the second in a wonderful display of running rugby.
The home team played well but were outclassed. It was a selection team mainly with players from Nowra Anglican College and others who play junior rugby for the Shoalhaven club. They had two other players from St Josephs College and Knox Grammar. Both come from the Nowra area.
The fixture was wonderfully organised by Nowra Anglican College teacher Mr Daniel Toole. He was the coach of the team and with the support of school principal Mrs Lorrae Sampson organised billets for all the Samoans.
The Shoalhaven Rugby Club helped with a wonderfully organised match under lights and a curtain raiser match. This was a Girls Sevens match between Nowra Anglican College and The Illawarra Grammar School.
There was significant sponsorship for the match. Local bus company Kennedys provided transport to bring the team from Sydney and excursions, training and match day. The main excursion was to the local zoo.
The match was well attended with about 500 spectators. The local radio station and newspaper publicised the event.
Next tour match is on Wednesday 24 September at Marist College Canberra against ACT Schools.