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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Samoa Men's National Rugby Team News

October 1, 2015 - Tusi Pisi to start at flyhalf against Japan
"Tusi Pisi can close in on the Samoan test points record after being restored to the team for a key World Cup game  on Saturday. The 33-year-old – who was dropped to the bench for the loss to South Africa with Mike Stanley replacing him – needs 17 points to overhaul Earl Va'a (174) as Samoa’s highest-scoring test player. Stanley, who had a poor game against South Africa, is on the bench for the Pool B game in Milton Keynes. Pisi may have got the nod from coach Stephen Betham because he plays his club rugby in Japan for Suntory Sungoliath. However, on his only previous match against the Japanese he failed to score a point." - SuperSport

September 20, 2015 - kicks make the difference in win over USA
"With tougher tests ahead, Samoa has started its Rugby World Cup campaign with a 25-16 win over the United States in Pool B and, after South Africa's shock defeat to Japan, will be delighted to be safely over the first hurdle. Kicks proved the difference as the teams scored two tries each on Monday morning, but the US paid the price for giving away too many penalties after Samoa had established a 14-8 hal-ftime lead in the midday sunshine in front of 29 178 at the Brighton Community Stadium, the scene of Japan's stunning victory over the Springboks that blew the pool open a day earlier. Tries from Tim Nanai-Williams and Ofisa Treviranus and 12 points from the foot of fly half Tusi Pisi and another penalty by Michael Stanley saw them home." - ABC

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