McCaw backs Samoa for RWC impact

Date published: July 8 2015

Richie McCaw believes Samoa could make a big impact at the World Cup after they pushed New Zealand all the way in Apia.

The All Blacks led by just six points heading into the last ten minutes before Dan Carter's late penalty eased their nerves in a 25-16 win.

The historic first clash between the sides in Samoa was a bruising affair, with George Moala scoring on debut for New Zealand, while Alafoti Faosiliva went over for Samoa.

And the All Black skipper admitted it had been a real battle with Samoa refusing to give up. 

"We have had a good 24 hours leading up to kick-off and we said we would leave the match to do the talking," McCaw said after the game.

"I am not sure words now can actually justify the type of match it was but I will say to the Manu Samoan team: The way you played, that's what true test match rugby is about. We said before we came that's what we would get, and that's what you boys did you kept coming at us.

"I just take my hats off to you. Going forward in to upcoming matches and the World Cup, perform like that and you'll get better, I know you are going to be a force to be reckoned with.

"I said yesterday the welcome we got when we arrived on Monday night was pretty special.

"Today, playing here was a special moment. The crowd here was great. I was just pretty glad a bit of cloud came over because it was pretty hot without the sun. I was pleased there was a few minutes before we got up here because I don't know if I would have been able to string words together."