FIJI VS SAMOA
FIJI vs SAMOA
Samoa crush Fiji in Apia

Manu Samoa gained a measure of revenge for last year's mauling by defeating the FMF Flying Fijians 36-10 in Apia on Saturday, outscoring the visitors three tries to one. Fly-half Roger Warren kicked 21 points.


The Manu scored three well-crafted tries, the first one to winger Alesana Tuilagi. The other two went to the captain, Semo Sititi, and replacement hooker Loleni Tafunai as the Samoan forwards set the platform for the victory.

Fiji outdid Samoa in the set pieces, however, particularly in the line-outs where Samoa failed to win a few of their own throws.

Fiji scored all their points in the first half, first with a penalty goal to first-five Nicky Little and then a wonderful try to fullback Norman Ligairi. Little was successful with the conversion.

Fiji were full of promise throughout the match but failed to deliver at crucial moments.

Late in the second half, Fiji were twice within a whisker of scoring, but for the final pass went to ground on both occasions.

Samoa’s Press Officer Seti Afoa said, “It was a much more physical match than Manu Samoa’s game against Tonga last week.”

The two No.11s, Vilimoni Delasau and Alesana Tuilagi, spent 10 minutes in the sin bin for fighting four minutes into the second half.

Delasau didn’t return to the field after suffering a cut to the eye during the fight, so he was replaced by Maikeli Nadridri.

Samoa prop Muliufi Salanoa from Falefa suffered a bad knee injury and could be out of action for four months.

After the match, Fiji were looking to cite the Tuilagi for the upper cut that sidelined Delasau. However, the Match Commissioner, Tim Harland from Australia, was satisfied that the matter was adequately dealt with on the field by referee Matt Goddard.

Manu Samoa now has a week to rest and recover for its away games.

Fiji will depart for Nuku’alofa on Monday to play Ikale Tahi Tonga before meeting Manu Samoa in Suva on Saturday, 30 July.



Match Statistics

10 36
Fiji Samoa
Tournament: Rugby World Cup Qualifier
Date: Saturday 09 Jul 2005
Venue: Apia Park, Apia Half-time: 10-19
Referee: Matt Goddard (Australia)
Touch judges: George Ayoub, Brett Bowden (Australia)
Fiji Game Number: 586
Fiji Test Match Number: 244

            FIJI   SAMOA            
Card PTS D P C T PLAYER V PLAYER T C P D PTS Card
5 - - - 1 Ligairi, Norman 15 Lolo Lui - - - - 0
0 - - - - Luveitasau, Mosese 14 Brian Lima - - - - 0
0 - - - - Ruivadra, Epeli 13 Anitelea Tuilagi - - - - 0
0 - - - - Bai, Seremaia 12 Terry Fanolua - - - - 0
0 - - - - Delasau, Vilimoni 11 Alesana Tuilagi 1 - - - 5
5 - 1 1 - Little, Nicky 10 Roger Warren - 3 4 1 21
0 - - - - Rauluni, Jacob 9 Notise Tauafao - - - - 0
0 - - - - Koyamaibole, Sisa 8 Semo Setiti (capt) 1 - - - 5
0 - - - - Satala, Apolosi 7 Iosefo Taina - - - - 0
0 - - - - Qera, Akapusi 6 Simaika Mikaele - - - - 0
0 - - - - Domolailai, Isoa 5 Opeta Palepoi - - - - 0
0 - - - - Rawaqa, Ifereimi 4 Daniel Leo - - - - 0
0 - - - - Cavubati, Viliame 3 Muliufi Salanoa - - - - 0
0 - - - - Koto, Sunia 2 Jonathan Meredith - - - - 0
0 - - - - Bale, Jo 1 Justin Va'a 1 - - - 5
0 - - - - Gadolo, Bill  
(Koto Sunia)
16 Loleni Tafunai - - - - 0
0 - - - - 17 Donald Kerslake - - - - 0
0 - - - - Peters, Langi  
(Domolailai Isoa )
18 Pelu Taele-Pavihi - - - - 0
0 - - - - Qovu, Jone  
(Koyamaibole Sisa)
19 John Senio - - - - 0
0 - - - - Rauluni, Mosese  
(Rauluni Jacob )
20 Faletose Talapusi - - - - 0
0 - - - - Tora, Jo  
(Bai Seremaia)
21 David Lemi - - - - 0
0 - - - - Nadridri, Maikeli  
(Delasau Vilimoni)
22 - - - - 0
Coach: Wayne Pivac
 
Coach: Michael Jones

Key:
Captain Captain
Yellow Card Yellow Card
Red Card Red Card
Sub In Sub in
Sub Out Sub out
Bloodbin Bloodbin Bloodbin

Scoring Sequence

05 min - PEN GOAL for Samoa by Roger Warren 0-3
10 min - PEN GOAL for Samoa by Roger Warren 0-6
18 min - PEN GOAL for Samoa by Roger Warren 0-9
23 min - TRY for Samoa by Alesana Tuilagi 0-14
23 min - CONVERSION for Samoa by Roger Warren 0-16
29 min - PEN GOAL for Fiji by Little, Nicky 3-16
31 min - TRY for Fiji by Ligairi, Norman 8-16
31 min - CONVERSION for Fiji by Little, Nicky 10-16
37 min - PEN GOAL for Samoa by Roger Warren 10-19
Half-Time
49 min - TRY for Samoa by Semo Setiti 10-24
49 min - CONVERSION for Samoa by Roger Warren 10-26
72 min - DROP GOAL for Samoa by Roger Warren 10-29
82 min - TRY for Samoa by Justin Va'a 10-34
82 min - CONVERSION for Samoa by Roger Warren 10-36
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