“Sweet Caroline” and England taunts – How Samoa celebrated their World Cup semi-final victory

As we all know now, Samoa are in the Rugby League World Cup final.

Having come through their first-ever semi-final against England, winning 27-26 against the odds, the Pacific nation will now take on reigning champions Australia to make history.

But Samoa already made history just making it to the semis, let alone the final, and the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Tuala Tevaga Iosefo Ponifasio has already addressed the achievement – “You have bought a tear of joy to every Samoan back home in their heart,” he said.

Elsewhere, after the game the players celebrated in the changing rooms at the Emirates Stadium with a rendition of Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’, a song adopted by many sports teams over recent times including Castleford Tigers and the England football team.

There was incredible scenes in Samoa’s capital, Apia, with fans lining the streets at 6am to celebrate the historic victory over Shaun Wane’s England.

One fan held up a sign saying ‘England, who’s your daddy’, in reference to Jarome Luai’s dominance of the game.

While another rebranded Buckingham Palace in the Samoa flag.

Celebrations even stretched as far as Utah in the United States, where those with Samoan heritage came together to celebrate.

Former Salford Red Devils player turned professional wrestler, Daniel Vidot, who is of Samoan heritage, kept his celebration simple but effective, with actor and rugby league fan Russell Crowe also reacting to the Pacific Islanders triumph.

Finally, one fan showed the magnitude of the win by explaining how Samoa’s usually ‘sacred Sunday’ had been overtaken by the heroics of their rugby league team.

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