Samoa beats Tonga in Pacific Nations Cup

Fullback Gavin Williams contributed 10 points as Samoa beat Tonga 20-15 in a Pacific Nations Cup rugby match at the Teufaiva Stadium on Saturday.


Williams landed two penalties and the conversions of Samoa’s two tries as his team fought back from a 9-7 halftime deficit to post its first win in this season’s six-nation tournament.


Winger David Lemi and loose forward Uale Mai scored tries for Samoa who had previously suffered losses to Fiji, the New Zealand Maori and Australia A. Tonga remained winless after four rounds with earlier losses to the New Zealand Maori, Australia A and Japan.


All of Tonga’s points on Saturday came from penalties. Flyhalf Pierre Hola kicked three and winger Vungakoto Lilo two.


Scorers:


Samoa 20 (Uale Mai, David Lemi tries; Gavin Williams 2 conversions, 2 penalties),
Tonga 15 (Pierre Hola 3 penalties; Vungakoto Lilo 2 penalties).


HT, 7-9.


Sapa-AP – Rugbyweek.com

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