THE grounds of Kingsway thumped under the force of Samoa’s second-string national rugby team last week.
The Samoans trained at Wanneroo Rugby Union Club on Thursday ahead of their World Series Rugby clash with the Western Force on Saturday night.
Wanneroo club representative Andy Ayling said it was the first time playing rugby outside of Samoa for many of the players.
He said World Series Rugby founder and billionaire Andrew Forrest paid for the team’s trip to Perth.
The Force had a resounding victory over the island nation 33-5 in wet and windy conditions at nib Stadium.
Ayling said the Samoans would have been satisfied with that result given they were expecting to be beaten by about 50 points.
In local rugby news Wanneroo’s rugby team is second in the FMG Championship Division.
The Roo Dogs had a bye over the weekend and face UWA in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.