Samoa 62-4 France: Winger Taylan May scores four tries on World Cup debut as Samoans bounce back from England mauling to set book quarter-final clash against Tonga
- Matt Parish’s men were unrecognisable from the side that lost 60-6 to England
- Left winger Taylan May marked his World Cup debut with four tries in rout
- Scrum-half Anthony Milford marked his return from suspension with two tries
Samoa continued their rehabilitation from their England disaster to thrash France 62-4 in Warrington to set up a Pacific showdown with Tonga back at the Halliwell Jones Stadium next Sunday.
Matt Parish’s men were unrecognisable from the side that lost 60-6 to England in their World Cup opener a fortnight ago as they built on their 72-4 hammering of Greece with an 11-try rout of a disappointing France.
Left winger Taylan May marked his World Cup debut with four tries while the explosive Brian To’o scored two on the other flank as the Samoans ran rings around the French.
Samoa bounced back from England mauling to set book quarter-final clash against Tonga
Samoa, who had won both their two previous World Cup meetings with Les Bleus, got off to the perfect start, Salford centre Tim Lafai touching down Jarome Luai’s grubber kick for their first try with just three minutes on the clock.
France had no answer to the barnstorming runs down the middle from Junior Paulo and Jaydn Su’a or the quick hands of their razor sharp outside backs, all of it orchestrated by man of the match Luai.
Exciting full-back Joseph Suaali’i combined with centre Stephen Crichton to get right winger Brian To’o over for a second try and right winger May went on to complete a first-half hat-trick as the Samoans led 28-0 at the break.
Parish will be just as pleased with his side’s defence, which stood resolute when France forced three goal-line drop-outs in the middle of the first half.
Scrum-half Anthony Milford marked his return from suspension with two tries
It was just as one-sided in the second half, with hooker Danny Levi supporting a break by Luai and unselfishly allowing May to score a fourth try and To’o raced over from halfway for his second.
France pulled a try back on 52 minutes when left winger Fouad Yaha, back in the side after missing the England game through injury, pounced on a error by Suaali’i but it amounted to only a brief respite.
Scrum-half Anthony Milford marked his return from suspension with two tries in the final quarter, Lafai demonstrated his exceptional strength to grab his second and substitute Chanel Harris-Tavita also touched down as France continued to fall of the tackles.
Crichton took his goal tally to nine from 11 attempts.