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Match Report – Aussies get pushed all the way by Samoa

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The Wallabies had to work hard for their win against Samoa on Saturday eventually beating them 34-15.

The test was much closer than the scoreboard suggest with Samoa coming hard at the Aussies in the second half.

The Aussies will be very disappointed with their effort in the second half. They were 22-3 up on the scoreboard when Samoa started to come back at them.

Six tries to the two of Samoa was good enough for the win for the home side.

Tries came from Adam Coleman, Marika Koroibete, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Lukhan Salakai-Loto, Dane Haylett-Petty and Matt To’omua dotting down, while Bernard Foley added two conversions.

For Samoa, Dwayne Polataivao scored a brace of tries and Tusi Pisi slotted a conversion and a penalty.

The Aussies started the tests well and at one stage it looked they may even run away with it all. They opened the scoring in the eighth minute through Coleman.

The Aussies were in total control and Koroibete got their second try in the 16th minute beating a whole lot of Samoa defenders.

Samoa did crossed the line in the first half but the try was disallowed because Pocock was taken out of the ball.

They did get a penalty to open there account with 3 points.

The Aussies hit back with a try from Ashley-Cooper. They extended their lead further with another try this time by Salakaia-Loto.

At the start of the second half most thought the Aussies may pull away but Samoa started to get the upper-hand in the match after the break.

It was Amosa that made the break to offload to Polataivao who got over for the try.

The try gave new life to Samoa as Lee-Lo made a break and offloaded to Tuala who got the ball to Polataivao for his second try of the match.

That pulled the score back to 22-15 but the home side stepped up and were rewarded with late tries by Haylett-Pett and To’omua.

The scorers:

For Australia:Tries: Coleman, Koroibete, Ashley-Cooper, Salakaia-Loto, Haylett-Petty, To’omua Cons: Foley (2)

For Samoa: Tries: Polataivao (2) Con: Pisi Pen: Pisi

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