Samoa fly-half Tusi Pisi believes they wasted a good chance to claim their first win against New Zealand in Apia on Wednesday.
The All Blacks secured a hard-fought 25-16 victory in front of a sell-out crowd and are still unbeaten against the Pacific Islanders after six matches.
Despite conceding numerous penalties in defence – especially during the first half – Samoa gave a good account of themselves and were the better side during the latter stages of the match.
A converted try from Alafoti Faosiliva in the 65th minute meant that Samoa were behind 22-16 and when asked if the Pacific Islanders believed they could beat the world champions at that stage of the game Pisi replied: "Absolutely."
"To come so close to the No 1 team in the world… it just comes down to crucial little errors and the swing of momentum, but the effort was outstanding.
"We talked about putting pressure on them defensively and at times we had them rattled. It was just execution that let us down. The belief was there from the start.
"We prepared to win. We were disappointed to come away with a loss."