Losi Filipo captains Samoa in defeat to New Zealand Under 20s

By Campbell Burnes

New Zealand Under 20 80 Samoa 23
Losi Filipo was convicted of assault this year. Photo / Getty Images
Losi Filipo was convicted of assault this year. Photo / Getty Images

Controversial rugby player Losi Filipo scored a try against the New Zealand Under 20s while captaining Samoa yesterday in a defeat yesterday.

Filipo was sentenced to nine months of supervision after assaulting two men and two women in Wellington last October.

He withdrew from Wellington Lions 2016 Mitre 10 Cup squad under mounting public pressure.

In yesterday's game New Zealand have made short work of Samoa to set up a Saturday showdown with Australia in the Oceania series on the Gold Coast.

New Zealand won 80-23, scoring 12 tries to two, which follows their 63-3 drubbing of Fiji on Friday night. Samoa held them for periods of both halves as they tackled with characteristic vigour, but could not always cope with New Zealand after multiple phases and in the set-pieces.

Centre Braydon Ennor scored a first half brace as New Zealand cleared out to 47-6 at oranges. Left wing Caleb Clarke scored a superb 60m solo try, while there were strong displays by the likes of fullback Josh McKay and lock Sam Slade.

New Zealand had the edge in the scrums, up against two props who had trialled for this team in Jerry Samania and Afi Ielemia.

Second five Thomas Umaga-Jensen turned the clock back to 2014-15 when he scored tries for fun at Scots College by running a sharp angle off a one-two cut with No 10 Ciarahn Matoe. The latter kicked six goals and distributed well.

Samoa hit back with two second spell tries, but they were always well behind the eight-ball. Filipo scored a nice try from a Hunter Paisami chip over the top.

As the clock ran down, New Zealand finished with four first fives but just 14 men on the field. It mattered not a jot in the final analysis.

New Zealand 80 (Braydon Ennor 2, Ryan Coxon, Carlos Price, Caleb Clarke, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Sam Slade, Asafo Aumua, Jona Nareki, Luke Jacobson, Ezekiel Lindinmuth, Dalton Papali'i tries; Ciarahn Matoe 6 con, Tiaan Falcon 4 con) Samoa 23 (Pupi Ah See, Losi Filipo tries; Ricky Ene 2 con, 3 pen) HT: 47-6

- NZ Herald

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