Samoa full back Paul Williams looks for support during the pool match against Wales.
Samoa haven't given up hope of making the World Cup quarter-finals despite their 17-10 loss to Wales in Hamilton.
We're still there - I've got belief in my team. My team will make the quarter-finals, if we concentrate on the next two games
Samoa are now sitting behind South Africa in the pool table but ahead of Wales because of points difference but they are yet to face the Springboks as the race intensifies to make the knock out stages.
Mahonri Schwalger, who had a barnstorming display at hooker against Wales, still believes his side can be a major player in the tournament. He was also left ruing what might have been after seeing Samoa denied a try when referee Alain Rolland ruled out Maurie Faasavalu's effort for double-grounding.
"That was pretty harsh and it might have been the turning point of the game," Schwalger said. "There's some things you can't win and that's the way it goes. All we can do now is just move on."
The defeat is a huge blow to Samoa's chances of making it out of the pool of death as they now have to beat both the Springboks and arch rivals Fiji to make certain of progress.
"There were a few things where the referee was pretty harsh on us but that's the way it goes you win some, you lose some," Schwalger said. "We've still got a chance - if we win our next two games we'll be fine
"We're still there - I've got belief in my team. My team will make the quarter-finals, if we concentrate on the next two games."
Assistant coach Brian McLean added: "It's going to be really tough but they probably should have lost to Wales, and we gave Wales a bit of a fright. We think we can be competitive but it is a tough pool."
"We need to be a little bit more accurate. We did some really good things but our own inaccuracies probably let us down more than anything else. We're creating the opportunities but our own inaccuracies are letting us down."
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.