WALES AND SAMOA DO NOT REPEAT HISTORY
Wales beat Samoa in "outstanding" form according to Coach Laura Williams, in front of a vociferous crowd of supporters all the way from Cymru.
The final score gap of 31-65 began to emerge during the second quarter, but only four goals separated the teams at the first break.
Four years ago, the 6th World Youth tournament held in the Cook Islands pitted the two sides against each other in round two; a game which the Samoans won by a solitary goal, 47-46, forcing Wales to ultimately play off for a lower rank.
Sadly for Samoa history wash't to repeat itself four years on in the pool round, and the Welsh players staged a solid defensive performance quarter by quarter.
An especially good day in the office was had by Welsh GK Lateisha Kidner who played 60 minutes of excellent netball, hunting stray passes and keeping her balance on back line rebounds.
Despite both sides recording identical shooting accuracies of 76%, Wales managed to create more than double the amount of chances at goal than Samoa; 86 compared to 41, and this ultimately was Samoa's downfall in this game.
They fought hard with passion and positivity, but it wasn't to be their night and they will take their rest day tomorrow to review and revitalise.
Wales face the hosts tomorrow in a highly anticipated clash of the home nations.
Editorial courtesy Harriet Millard, Planet Netball.