Wales 19, Samoa 26

November 16, 2012
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Wales take on the dangerous Samoa tonight in Cardiff with the hope of rectifying their disappointing loss against Argentina last week.

Recent results:
2011: Wales won 17-10 at Rugby Park, Hamilton
2009: Wales won 17-13 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
2000: Wales won 50-6 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Teams:

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Ashley Beck, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Ryan Jones (captain), 5 Ian Evans, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Aaron Jarvis, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Sam Warburton, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Scott Williams.

Samoa: 15 Faatoina Autagavaia, 14 Paul Perez, 13 George Pisi, 12 Paul Williams, 11 David Lemi (captain), 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Kahn Fotuali’i, 8 Taiasina Tuifua, 7 Maurie Fa’asavalu, 6 Ofisa Treviranus, 5 Filo Paulo, 4 Daniel Leo, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Ole Avei, 1 Sakaria Taulafo.
Replacements: 16 Ti’i Paulo, 17 Villiamu Afatia, 18 James Johnston, 19 TBA, 20 Tivaini Fomai, 21 Jeremy Su’a, 22 Johnny Leota, 23 Robert Lilomaiava.

Date: Friday, November 16
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-off: 19.30 GMT (21.30 SA time)
Expected weather: Cloudy with 20% chance of rain. High of 12°C, low of 8°C with a light south-easterly wind
Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Jérôme Garces (France)
TMO: Giulio De Santis (Italy)

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6 Comments

  1. avatar out wide says:
    November 16th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Well done Morne, your description of the Samoans as “dangerous” shows you know a thing or two about rugby. I hear they have beaten Wales outscoring them something like 4 tries to 2? Haven’t nbeen able to watch the game live but will certainly get to catch one of the replays.

  2. avatar out wide says:
    November 16th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    :boks: will remember their tough game v Samoa at RWC 2011.

  3. avatar Morné says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Reply to out wide @ 11:33 pm:

    3 tries to 1, Welsh try was an intercept one too. Not the prettiest game, but damn I love this result.

  4. avatar out wide says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Reply to Morné @ 12:19 am: Yep and you can appreciate that the ex-Auckland Blues coach Pat Lam, now part of the Samoan coaching team also loves it!

    Pat was on radio and says that they did their homework on the Welsh and played to a gameplan. Very excited that if the Boks beat Scotland, as they should, Samoa will be in the top eight when the IRB ratings come out on Monday. They play France next week which could bring their unbeaten run to an end of course.

  5. avatar DavidS says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Did they not also play a tough game against Wales in 1991?

  6. avatar Americano says:
    November 18th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    What the heck is with Wales?
    Injuries? I don’t see that wooly mammoth prop that is a fixture with them.
    Coach having affair with a 20 year old or something?
    I don’t like Samoa.
    If they started beating NZ I would like Samoa but somehow I think the NZ selectors have it sorted that that won’t ever be an issue.
    But until then I will continue not appreciating Samoa.

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