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Samoa shocks Wales

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

CARDIFF, England - Samoa produced another memorable victory in Cardiff as Wales slumped to their fifth successive defeat, losing 26-19 to the Pacific Islanders in yesterday's one-off Test match.

Fa'atoina Autagavaia, George Pisi and Johnny Leota all crossed as the Six Nations champions suffered a similar fate to their predecessors.

Memories of famous World Cup shocks from 1991 and 1999 came flooding back as the ferocious tackling and clinical finishing of the visitors rocked hosts Wales.

But unlike those wins of the past, this was far less of a surprise given the mess Welsh rugby suddenly finds itself in following three losses in Australia and defeat last week to Argentina.

Ashley Beck's interception try before half-time handed Wales a 13-7 lead and appeared to have settled home nerves after falling behind to an early try only for second-half tries from Pisi and Leota wrapped up a deserved victory for Samoa.

Samoa made a dream start with a try little more than a minute into the game that stunned the 44,000 crowd at the Millennium Stadium.

Number 8 Taisasina Tuifu'a made yards after breaking through in midfield. Fly-half Pisi was quick to spread the attack wide where Paul Williams and George Pisi combined to hand fullback Autagavaia a straight-forward finish from close range.

Pisi converted for an early 7-0 lead that was almost stretched further only for the fly-half's penalty to strike the post. Samoa lived up to their reputation as fearsome tacklers and Wales hooker Richard Hibbard was the first to take the full brunt of the south sea islanders, forced off after just 18 minutes.





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