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"Redemption on the Rugby Pitch: England's Late Show Puts Care in the Limelight"

“Redemption on the Rugby Pitch: England’s Late Show Puts Care in the Limelight”

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ENG 18-17 SAM: Care‘s late show saves England

LILLE – Scrum-half Danny Care‘s try sends undefeated England through to the quarter-finals as Pool D winners with an 18-17 win over Samoa at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Saturday, 7 October.

England’s journey in the Rugby World Cup 2023 continued with a hard-fought victory over Samoa. The match, held in Lille, saw England maintain their unbeaten record with a narrow 18-17 win. Despite facing a resilient opposition, England managed to secure the victory through a late try by replacement scrum-half Danny Care. This result sees England progressing to the quarter-finals as winners of Pool D.

Ambitious Samoa causes problems for England

Samoa, having previously narrowly lost to Argentina and Japan, and secured a win over Chile, demonstrated great ambition during the match. They played with confidence and were rewarded with tries from Nigel Ah-Wong. The Television Match Official also denied them two more tries, showcasing their offensive prowess. England found themselves facing a tough challenge, and the game remained highly contested.

A scrappy victory for England

This match was not England’s most polished performance, with England captain Owen Farrell admitting that it felt scrappy. England made several errors and struggled to deal with Samoa’s aggressive play. However, despite not being at their best, England managed to find a way to win. Farrell, who surpassed Jonny Wilkinson as England’s all-time top points scorer, praised Samoa for their performance and resilience.

The significance of Farrell’s achievement

Owen Farrell’s accomplishment of becoming England’s all-time top points scorer is remarkable. However, Farrell downplayed its significance, stating that he was more focused on the game itself. His priority is the success of the team and helping England progress further in the tournament.

The disappointment of Samoa

Despite the narrow defeat, Samoa can be proud of their performance against England. Samoa fly-half Lima Sopoaga, who was named the Mastercard Player of the Match, expressed disappointment in not getting the win but praised his team for leaving everything on the field. Samoa captain Michael Alaalatoa echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the immense pride he felt for his team and their effort.

The credit goes to Samoa and crucial learnings for England

England’s head coach Steve Borthwick acknowledged the incredible performance from Samoa, recognizing the pressure they put on England throughout the match. Borthwick also highlighted the need for England to learn from their mistakes and improve going forward. Despite the victory, Borthwick emphasized the tough test that awaits the team in the upcoming matches.

The heartbreak and resilience of Samoa

Samoa’s head coach, Seilala Mapusua, was left speechless by the team’s performance. He expressed his heartbreak for the players, believing they deserved more from the match. He praised their resilience, as the England players themselves admitted that it was their toughest match in the tournament so far.


England’s hard-fought victory over Samoa showcased their ability to win even when not at their best. The match highlighted the determination and ambition of Samoa, who proved to be formidable opponents. As England progresses to the quarter-finals, they must learn from their shortcomings in this match and show improvement in their upcoming games. Meanwhile, Samoa can hold their heads high, knowing they put in a memorable performance against one of the tournament favorites.


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