Despite a heroic effort to get to the final and a desperate effort against Australia in the Rugby League World Cup Final, Samoa came up short of a real fairy tale.
They lost 30-10 to the Kangaroos. Despite a strong start, they found themselves 14-0 down at the break thanks to tries from Latrell Mitchell, James Tedesco and Liam Martin.
These came after a controversial decision. Early in the game, a superb Samoa kick looked headed for a 40/20.
The superb Tedesco got to the ball but the replays showed that he hit the ball on the touchline.
However, the game continued and Samoa weren’t awarded the ball.
It was a big call one that Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Peacock slammed on the BBC and speaking after the game Matt Parish expressed he wasn’t happy with it either.
He said that his side didn’t get enough luck or “the bounce of the balls.”
He also said: “We should have had a clear 40/20 in the first 10 minutes.”
Among the luck he felt his side didn’t get today, Parish also described the decision to only yellow card Angus Crichton for his elbow hit on Chanel Harris-Tavita as a “weak decision.”
His skipper Junior Paulo said “it was out of our control” but both admitted that they should have used that man advantage better even if it was only for the 10 minutes rather than the rest of the game as a red card would have yielded.
On this Parish said his side “we probably didn’t put enough pressure on them.”