Samoa travelled to Japan with basically all local players. Many of Samoa’s professionals from Super Europe and from Europe will travel to Auckland later to link up with their national side in time for the Pacific Nations Cup.
The Samoans were not expected to trouble Japan too much although they certainly started strongly. On this display only a handful will eventually make the full Samoan side.
Not a lot can be judged from this Japanese performance. They will be facing sterner opposition during their June test series,