Wales coach Robin McBryde is bracing his team for an onslaught by a Samoa team looking to put their disastrous 78-0 defeat against the imperious All Blacks at Eden Park. In contrast, Wales managed a workman like 24-6 win against Tonga.
Samoa can be expected to come breathing fire in an attempt to salvage their pride and self-esteem after a dreadful performance against and admittedly magnificent New Zealand team which is current head and shoulders above the rest of world rugby.
Against the mighty, All Blacks Samoa were highly competitive for the first 20 to 30 minutes before the Kiwis superior skills and team cohesion enabled to blow Samoa away resulting score line that seared Samoa pride.
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Date: Friday 23rd June 2017
Venue: Apia Park, Samoa
Pride On The Line At Apia
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Wales arrived in Apia with just 27 players in the squad after losing Kristian Dacey, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill and Gareth Davies to the touring Lions squad and Alex Cuthbert to injury
Samoa is expected to be a different team on their team’s next outing, buoyed by their vociferous hometown crowd. Allied to this is Samoa’s history of inflicting painful defeats on Wales having won four of the nine matches contested between the countries to date.
Wales are visiting Samoa for the first time since 1994 when they lost 34-9 in an upset.
Despite touring a depleted squad coach McBryde remains confident in the ability of his young Welsh side to cope with the physicality of Samoa together with their eclectic side-to-side ball movement skills.
Openings in the touring roster due to established players leaving the touring squad, translate into fresh opportunities for young fringe player to step up and showcase their talent.
Wales recognize the welcoming Samoans rarely brought that laid back attitude onto the pitch and once they cross the white line they are all business.
For Wale Red Dragons, the challenge is to stay focused on the rugby and not be lured into relaxing their game face by the sunshine and gleaming white beaches.
Samoa and Wales World Ranking
- Wales: 7th | Details More From (worldrugby.org/rankings)
- Samoa: 14th | Details More From Wiki (World Rugby Rankings)
Samoa and Wales Rugby wins & Losses
- Wales 5 wins 4 losses
- Samoa 4 wins, 5 losses
- Wales Biggest Win: 50 – 6 2000
- Samoa Biggest Win: 9 – 44 1994
Soma Last 5 Match Results
- Soma vs. New Zealand 0 – 78 | Wales vs. Tonga 24 – 6
- Soma vs. Canada 25-23 | Wales vs. France 18 – 20
- Soma vs. Georgia 16 – 20 | Wales vs. Ireland 22- 9
- Soma vs. France 8 – 52 | Wales vs. Scotland 13 – 29
- Soma vs. Scotland 33 – 36 | Wales vs. England 16 – 21
Previous Match Samoa vs. Wales Rugby Highlights
Wales last encountered Samoa on 16 November 2012 at the Millennium Stadium Cardiff. Samoa ran out upset winners 26 – 19. Samoa added to interim coach Robert Howley’s misery on Wales with a dramatic win in Cardiff following hard on the heels of Wales previous to Argentina. For Samoa, Fa’atoina Autagavaia, George Pisi and Johnny Leota all scored tries.
For Wales, Ashley Beck scored a forlorn long-range Wales intercept against the run of play, while Leigh Halfpenny’s added the rest of Wales’s points with his boot.
The upset loss inflicted a fifth successive defeat for Wales, making this their most dire run since 2010. No doubt Howley will be cursing his luck after taking over temporary control of the team from Warren Gatland on duty with the 2013 British and Irish Lions.
Wales vs Samoa Rubgy 13th November 2009 Highlights
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