For this second match in their history in the World Cup, against Samoa, the Chileans kept a structure which had held up well against the Japanese for fifty minutes.
Around their three players playing in Europe - full-back Inaki Ayarza (Soyaux-Angoulême), right pillar Matias Dittus (Périgueux) and third row and captain Martin Sigren (Doncaster) - who were renewed, eight players were kept , including the hinge composed of Marcelo Torrealba and Rodrigo Fernandez.
The four new starters are hooker Tomas Dussaillant, second rows Pablo Huete, who played eight seasons in France from 2011 to 2019, and Santiago Pedrero and winger José Ignacio Larenas.
Clemente Saavedra, who started against Japan on the second line, moves back to the third wing line. His brother Domingo Saavedra will occupy the second center position.
Note the presence of two other siblings on the Chilean match sheet: Diego and Alfonso Escobar, who will start on the bench, and Santiago - holder - and Benjamin Videla.
“Against Japan, I perhaps waited a little too long before making changes, especially on the front line,” admitted Pablo Lemoine at a press conference. “We have to use the players differently because the first ten minutes of the second half did enormous damage. We will therefore review the strategy for the next match.
“It will be the first match for Samoa who will be fresher than us, but they will also be a little nervous, like us last weekend even if they have experienced players. Playing in the World Cup gives you emotion, I hope that we will control it a little better because during the first match against Japan, it did not help us in terms of fatigue at the end of the match. added the Uruguayan coach of the Condores.
Chile: Ayarza - S. Videla, D. Saavedra, Garafulic, Larenas - (o) Fernandez, (m) Torrealba - C. Saavedra, Martinez, Sigren (cap.) - Pedredo, Huete - Dittus, Dussaillant, Carrasco
Replacements: D. Escobar, Lues, Inostroza, Eissmann, A. Escobar, Silva, B. Videla, Casas
Coach: Pablo Lemoine (URU)