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  1. Wales grind down Samoans

    Wales grind down Samoans

    Wales came from behind to edge Samoa 17-10 to claim their first win over the Pacific islanders in three World Cup meetings. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Wales
    • Samoa
    • FT There's the final whistle and Wales have kept their hopes alive of reaching the knockout stages. Samoa, on the other hand, will have to beat South Africa to keep their tournament going
    • 80+2 Powell turns the ball over for Wales though. Phillips finds Priestland, who boots the ball out into touch and secures the win for Wales
    • 80+1 Samoa get a penalty but there is no time left on the clock so they will have to keep the ball in hand ...
    • 80' Jeremy Sua is penalised for not releasing the ball just inside the Welsh half. Wales will have a lineout with just about 30 seconds remaining on the clock
    • 78' Eventually Wales get the penalty and kick away upfield to clear the danger with just two minutes remaining. That could have been Samoa's chance ...
    • 77' Wales steal the ball but fails to make any ground as Priestland is hauled down immediately after receiving the ball. Eventually Rolland blows the whistle and it'll be a Samoan scum on the 5m line
    • 76' Lavea kicks right into the corner. Samoa have the lineout just five metres out of from the Welsh line ...
    • 75' Tuilagi breaks through the first tackle before Samoa take a quick penalty. They make it up to the 22. Jeremy Sua finds Maurie Faasavalu as Samoa reach the Welsh 22 ...
    • 72' Samoa desperately looking for the try that would put them level as Tuilagi breaks into the Welsh half. But Tuilagi is penalised for not releasing the ball and Wales kick back upfield to put the pressure back on Samoa
    • 69' Priestland fails to add the extras from out wide on the left wing but Samoa still need a converted try to go level with just 10 minute remaining
    • 68' TRY WALES! 17-10! Jonathan Davies receives the ball on the 22 from Leigh Halfpenny before racing away. His pass out to Shane Williams is not great but Williams manages to collect the loose ball and easily runs away to cross over the line
    • 66' PENALTY WALES! 12-10! Priestland puts Wales back in front after drilling the ball just inside the right post. Fourteen minutes remaining now and just two minutes in it ...
    • 66' Phillips finds Charteris finds Faletau. Wales have moved the ball through 10 phases now and then get the penalty when Lavea is blown up for leaving his feet
    • 64' Tuilagi breaks the first and second tackles before Faletau turns the ball over. Phillips finds Hook, who spreads the ball wide. Jamie Roberts breaks through a couple of tackles on the right wing ...
    • 62' Powell spills the ball forward to leave Samoa playing advantage but they are then penalised for coming in from the side and we will come back for the scrum ... We're still in Samoan territory
    • 61' Lavea finds Paul Williams ... Daniel Leo. Stowers to Perenise. But in the end none of their hard work comes to anything as Lavea is penalised for coming in from the side. Priestland boots the ball upfield and will have a lineout just inside the 10m line
    • 58' Wales completely waste their chance as they are penalised for the front row collapsing and Samoa have the chance to clear their half
    • 57' Wales continue to push Samoa deep into their own territory and they win another penalty after Samoa are caught delaying the lineout. Wales have an attacking scrum ...
    • 53' Priestland puts up a great kick and Jonathan Davies very nearly connects with the ball, putting in a neat kick before trying to collect. But the ball dribbles out into touch
    • 50' Paul Williams pulls his kick across the front of the posts and wide of the right upright. The difference remains just the one point ....
    • 49' Shane Williams, who has had a pretty quiet match so far, breaks the first tackle before being dragged down and Samoa win the penalty after Jamie Roberts comes in from the side ...
    • 47' Lavea to Mapasua, back to Lavea. A poor pass out on the right wing doesn't help Tuilagi as he has to backtrack to collect the ball ...
    • 46' Priestland breaks out on the left after Huw Davies releases it, having received the ball from Powell. But Davies fails to release when he receives the ball back from Priestland and Samoa take the quick penalty, making it back to the halfway line
    • 45' Yet another pass goes astray from Samoa, this time on the halfway line, allowing Wales to regain possession through a lineout ...
    • 43' PENALTY WALES! 9-10! An absolutely fantastic kick from Priestland just inside his own half bounces off the crossbar and bounces over for another three points. Wales trail by just one point now ...
    • 41' Wales get the second half underway through Rhys Priestland ...
    • HT There is the whistle for half-time and Samoa will go in the happier of the two teams after that late try. They go in leading by four points. It's 10-6 Samoa.
    • 40+3 CONVERSION SAMOA! 6-10! Williams lands a fairly tricky kick from the left to add the conversion with what will be the last kick of the half
    • 40+2 TRY SAMOA! 6-8! Eventually Samoa work their way back towards the left and find Anthony Perenise, who forces his way across the line to finish a scintilating half in Samoa's favour
    • 40+2 Samoa spend six phases within a metre of the line but the Welsh defence remains strong, Samoa are pushed back to 5m from the line as they work their way from left to right across the field ...
    • 40' Samoa come back for the penalty and go for the lineout and drive ...
    • 39' Williams forces his way through the first tackle and makes 10m. He finds Lavea outside of him and Samoa get to within 5m of the line. Samoa are also playing advantage ...
    • 37' Another turn over by Wales and now it is Priestland's turn to kick for territory. It's a decent kick but a poor lineout and Samoa collect a long throw at the back of the lineout.
    • 35' Mahonri Schwalger does well to collect a loose ball that had been hit backwards. Samoan possession doesn't last long as Wales turn the ball over but Roberts is fairly quickly penalised for not releasing the ball and Lavea kicks for territory
    • 32' Wales are penalised at the breakdown but Williams drags the ball left of the posts and Wales escape yet again
    • 29' Tuilagi gets to within a metre of the Welsh tryline. Samoa retain possession and think they've got the first try but Maurie Faasavalu is penalised for double movement, much to his disgust. Wales have dodged a bullet there.
    • 28' PENALTY WALES! 6-3! Another pretty easy kick for Hook, as he puts Wales ahead despite slipping as he makes contact with the ball. And Wales sneak in front once more. There's just about 10 minutes left of the half
    • 26' The Samoan front row collapses and Hook will kick for the posts once again ...
    • 25' Samoa have a chance to get out of their own half but Tusi Pisi spills the ball forward after receiving it from the back of the scrum. And Wales will have an attacking scrum about 25m out from the tryline
    • 23' Wales on the move again ... before Priestland makes an attempt at a drop goal. But just like in the final minutes of the South Africa game, Priestland pulls his kick wide of the right post despite right in front of the goal
    • 21' PENALTY SAMOA! 3-3! A great kick from Paul Williams as he drills the ball in between the posts from just 10m inside Welsh territory. It's all square with 20 minutes gone
    • 19' Priestland breaks through the first line of Samoan defence before finding Williams but a loose pass meant for Powell allows Samoa to turn the ball over after Hook fails to dive on it in time. And in the end Wales are penalised first for not releasing the ball and then for not backing away 10m
    • 18' Wales are pushing Samoa back deep into their own half and the Samoans have barely had any possession for much of the last 10 minutes. But Samoa have a defensive scrum on their own 22.
    • 14' Wales fans think they have scored the first try but the final pass from Charteris to Jamie Roberts is forward and the whistle has gone before Roberts crosses the line
    • 12' PENALTY WALES! 3-0! No trouble for Hook this time as he thumps the ball right between the posts, albeit from right in front of goal. Wales take the first lead
    • 12' A high tackle from Maurie Faasavalu on Rhys Priestland allows James Hook a second chance to kick at the posts ...
    • 10' Wales fail to collect in the line-out after the sun gets in Charteris's eyes and the ball clatters straight into his forehead instead. Samoa collect but they are quickly penalised and it'll be another scrum.
    • 9' Samoa break once again, Lavea taking it 10m into Welsh territory. They then get up to the 22 but once again Wales turn the ball over.
    • 6' George Stowers gets to within a couple of metres of the tryline after the scrum but he loses the ball and Wales break on the counter attack through Shane Williams. He eventually kicks upfield but Paul Williams squanders his collection and Wales have a scrum
    • 4' Kahn Fotuali'i tries to find Tagicakibau on the wing for an early try but his pass goes slight astray in the offload, trickling along the ground and out into touch
    • 2' Hook can't quite get the kick right, pulling it slightly to the right of the posts and Samoa escape without conceding early on
    • 2' Wales get an early kick at the posts from the half-way line after Samoa are penalised at the breakdown. Hook will attempt this one ...
    • 1' Samoa get the clash underway but Lavea kicks the ball out on the full from the off which is a bit of an anti-climax.
    • - The national anthems over and done with, there is just the Samoan haka left to go before play gets underway ...
    • - Only a few short hours ago it was absolutely pouring with rain in Hamilton but the sun has come out just in time for this clash. Still its only about 14 degrees and there is a pretty strong wind. And you wouldn't rule out more rain during this clash, New Zealand has been enduring very heavy but fairly short showers for about a week now
    • - The two teams are just walking out on to the pitch now and should be ready for the national anthems in just a couple of minutes
    • - Today’s referee is Alain Rolland. And guess what? Yep, you’re right. We have a guide to the referees as well. So for more information on the Irishman just click right here.
    • - Samoa on the other hand look like this: 15-Paul Williams, 14-Sailosi Tagicakibau, 13-George Pisi, 12-Seilala Mapusua, 11-Alesana Tuilagi, 10-Tusi Pisi, 9-Kahn Fotuali'i, 8-George Stowers, 7-Maurie Faasavalu, 6-Ofisa Treviranus, 5-Kane Thompson, 4-Daniel Leo, 3-Anthony Perenise, 2-Mahonri Schwalger (captain), 1-Sakaria Taulafo /// 16-Ti'i Paulo, 17-Census Johnston, 18-Joe Tekori, 19-Taiasina Tuifua, 20-Jeremy Sua, 21-Eliota Sapolu Fuimaono, 22-Tasesa Lavea
    • - Wales are unchanged from the Springboks match and line-up like this: Wales: 15-James Hook, 14-George North, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Jamie Roberts, 11-Shane Williams, 10-Rhys Priestland, 9-Mike Phillips, 8-Toby Faletau, 7-Sam Warburton (captain), 6-Danny Lydiate, 5-Alun Wyn Jones, 4-Luke Charteris, 3-Adam Jones, 2-Huw Bennett, 1-Paul James /// 16-Lloyd Burns, 17-Gethin Jenkins, 18-Bradley Davies, 19-Andy Powell, 20-Tavis Knoyle, 21-Scott Williams, 22- Leigh Halfpenny
    • - In the 1991World Cup Samoa knocked Wales out in the quarter-finals with a 16-3 win and in 1999 they emerged as 38-31 winners in their pool match. For all things Samoa, just click here.
    • - If diminutive winger Shane Williams scores a try in this game he will stand alone as Wales’ top try-scorer in World Cup history, he’s currently tied on seven with Gareth Thomas and Ieuan Evans. For anything else you need to know about Wales, we’ve compiled a handy team guide for you. All you have to do is click here to read it.
    • - By now you should be getting fairly familiar with all the World Cup venues but just in case you still need to know about Waikato Stadium, all you have to do is read our handy guide which you can access by clicking here.
    • - Wales have a narrow lead in the head-to-heads against Samoa, leading 4-3. After a narrow loss to South Africa last week, Wales really need a win to keep their hopes alive of reaching the knockout stages. Two of Samoa’s three wins, however, have been in World Cup meetings.
    • - Hello and welcome to LIVE comments from today’s first match. It’s Wales v Samoa from Pool D at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton and its huge!
  • Summary

    Wales versus Samoa
    Williams 67’ Tries Perenise 40’
      Conversions Williams 43’
    Hook 11’, 27’, Priestland 42’, 66’ Penalties Williams 21’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Wales

    Manager: Warren Gatland

    On the Field

    • James Substitution Out (63′)
    • Bennett Substitution Out (63′)
    • Jones
    • Charteris
    • Jones Substitution Out (71′)
    • Lydiate Substitution Out (10′)
    • Warburton
    • Faletau
    • Phillips
    • Priestland
    • Williams Try
    • Roberts
    • Davies
    • North
    • Hook Substitution Out (41′)

    Subs

    • Williams
    • Jenkins Substitution In (63′)
    • Davies Substitution In (71′)
    • Halfpenny Substitution In (41′)
    • Powell Substitution In (10′)
    • Knoyle
    • Burns Substitution In (63′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Samoa

    Manager: Fuimaono Tafua

    On the Field

    • Taulafo
    • Schwalger Substitution Out (74′)
    • Perenise Try Substitution Out (71′)
    • Leo Substitution Out (70′)
    • Thompson
    • Treviranus Substitution Out (78′)
    • Fa'asavalu
    • Stowers
    • Fotuali'i
    • Lavea Substitution Out (69′)
    • Pisiata
    • Tuilagi
    • Mapusua Substitution Out (71′)
    • Pisi
    • Tagicakibau Substitution Out (56′)
    • Williams

    Subs

    • Fuimaono-Sapolu Substitution In (71′)
    • Tekori Substitution In (70′)
    • Paulo Substitution In (74′)
    • Salavea Substitution In (78′)
    • Johnston Substitution In (71′)
    • Tuifua
    • So'oialo Substitution In (56′)
    • Sua Substitution In (69′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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