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Samoa changes four

Arin Kumar
Friday, June 20, 2014

SAMOAN coach Stephen Betham has made four changes to his starting line-up for their Pacific Nations Cup match against the Vodafone Flying Fijians tomorrow.

The four were part of the side that defeated Italy 15-0 in Apia, Samoa last week.

Cardiff Blues Teofilo Paulo replaces Faatiga Lemalu at lock, Maurie Faasavalu comes in ahead of former Samoan sevens star Ofisa Trevaranus at blindside flanker, Newcastle Falcons forward Tai Tuifua replaces Waikato Chiefs player Kane Thompson at number 8 while Wellington Hurricanes player Alapati Leiua replaces John Leota at inside centre.

Veteran winger and captain David Lemi will earn his 39th cap for Samoa tomorrow.

Fly half Tusi Pisi, who kicked all the 15 points in their defeat of Italy is expected to once again lead the assault on Fiji.

Fiji would need to be wary of right winger Fautua Otto who scored a brilliant individual try when Samoa drew 18-all with Tonga two weeks ago.

Leicester Tigers loosehead prop Logovi'i Mulipola, former Canterbury Crusaders hooker Ti'i Paulo and Saracens tighthead prop James Johnstone are expected to terrorise the Fijian scrums.

Team manager Namulauulu Sami Leota is expecting a tough battle from the Fijian forwards and said they had a plan to counter it.

He said his players would need to take the game to Fiji if they wanted to win the PNC title.

The match kicks off at 3pm at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Samoa: Logovi'i Mulipola, Ti'i Paulo, James Johnstone, Teofilo Paulo, Daniel Leo, Maurie Fa'asavalu, Jack Lam, Taiasina Tuifu'a, Kahn Fotuali'i, Tusi Pisi, David Lemi, John Leota, George Pisi, Fautua Otto, Fa'atoina Autagavaia

Reserves: Wayne Avei, Anthony Perenise, Census Johnstone, Piula Fa'asalele, Iosefa Tekori, Vavao Afemai, Patrick Fa'apale, Anitelea Tuilagi








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