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Samoa shock Australia in historic victory



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Samoa beat Australia for the first time in rugby history when they pulled off a shock 23-32 victory in Sydney on Sunday.

The Samoan victory will be a huge confidence boost for Samoa ahead of the Rugby world cup as they are pooled with South Africa and Wales.

Samoa took the lead after three minutes with a penalty and led throughout the match.

The Samoans also scored the first try of the match after Alesana Tuilagi raced down the wing and beat Pat McCabe for the first five pointer of the match.

World rugby’s second-ranked team the Wallabies were outplayed by the big-hearted Samoans just a week away from the Wallabies’ Tri-Nations opener with South Africa and only months before the World Cup in New Zealand.

The Samoans swarmed all over the rattled hosts and outscored the two-time World Cup champions four tries to two for their first win over Australia in five meetings.

“I’m lost for words,” an emotional Samoa skipper Mahonri Schwalger said moments after the final whistle. “We kept at them for the whole 80 minutes and never gave them a chance.

“It’s something special for us and to help create a future for Samoan rugby.”

It was a subdued Australia coach Robbie Deans who surveyed the wreckage after the Wallabies’ first international of the season.

“We got beaten in the physical exchanges, they defended strongly and they attacked the breakdown effectively and turned ball over,” Deans said.

“They are obviously a good combination, we knew that, it was a globally selected side and it’s a World Cup combination.

“We’re just starting and we knew that and it’s given us an awakening in terms of what is going to be required to be competitive within six days (against the Springboks).”

Samoa’s New Zealand assistant coach Brian McLean said it was the perfect riposte after the Pacific Island underdogs were thrashed 74-7 in their last encounter with the Wallabies in Sydney six years ago.

“Today for us was about respect, we wanted to get some respect and hopefully we’ve done that,” McLean said.

Samoa ambushed the Australians with a 17-0 lead inside the opening half-hour and although the Wallabies pulled back to trail 17-13 minutes after half-time, that was as close as they got.

Samoa got off to a flyer when Leicester Tigers winger Alesana Tuilaga raced 70 metres to score off a turnover and crowning it with an extravagant swan dive.

Tusi Pisi added the conversion to his earlier penalty goal to give the visitors a 10-0 lead.

The Wallabies passed up a possible 12 points by electing to run the ball from four early penalties before Giteau missed with a 45m penalty attempt.

The Samoans continued to pressure the home side and were rewarded when debutant scrumhalf Nick Phipps had his clearing kick charged down for fullback Paul Williams to score in the 29th minute and a stunning 17-0 lead.

South African referee Marius Jonker lost patience with Samoa and lock Daniel Leo was yellow carded for hands in the ruck.

The Wallabies used their superior numbers in the scrum to position winger Digby Ioane to score a converted try two minutes before halftime.

Giteau further reduced the deficit to seven points with a penalty on the half-time siren to trail 17-10.

The Australians edged closer after the resumption with Giteau’s second penalty, but Samoa again rocked the home side with their third try minutes later.

Samoa kept the ball alive and number eight George Stowers sent lock Kane Thompson charging over wide out for a 22-13 lead.

The increasingly anxious Wallabies fell further behind when Phipps and Adam Ashley-Cooper fumbled Tuilagi’s kick for centre George Pisi to ground the ball over the try-line under a mass of bodies.

Brother Tusi converted to extend the lead to 29-13 as Deans sent on star backs Will Genia and Kurtley Beale as reinforcements with the game heading into the last quarter.

Tusi Pisi kept Samoa in control with a 66th-minute penalty before Giteau gave the Australians some hope with a try after a kick and regather from replacement forward Scott Higginbotham.

But the hard-working Samoans held on and rejoiced excitedly as the siren sounded to register their biggest rugby achievement.

Final Score Australia 23 Samoa 32


Tries: Ioane, Giteau
Con: Giteau 2
Pen: Giteau 3

Tries: Tuilagi, Williams, Thompson, G Pisi
Con: T Pisi 3
Pen: T Pisi 2


Wallabies:15. Mark Gerrard , 14. Rod Davies, 13. Adam Ashley Cooper , 12. Pat McCabe , 11. Digby Ioane , 10. Matt Giteau , 9. Nick Phipps , 8. Ben McCalman , 7. Matt Hodgson , 6. Rocky Elsom (captain) , 5. Nathan Sharpe , 4. Sitaleki Timani , 3. Ben Alexander , 2. Stephen Moore , 1. Sekope Kepu

Replacements: 16. James Hanson , 17. TBA , 18. Dan Vickerman , 19. Scott Higginbotham , 20. Beau Robinson , 21. Will Genia , 22. Kurtley Beale

Samoa: Paul Williams, Sailosi Tagicakibau, George Pisi, Seilala Mapusua, Alesana Tuilagi, Tusi Pisi, Kahn Fotuali’i, George Stowers, Maurie Fa’asavalu, Taisina Tuifu’a, Daniel Leo, Kane Thompson, Anthony Perenise, Mahonri Schwalger (captain), Sakaria Taulafo.

Reserves: Tii Paulo, Census Johnston, Filipo Lavea Levi, Manaia Salavea, Brenton Helleur, Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu, James So’oialo.

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