Samoa qualify for Rugby World Cup 2011

Samoa qualified for the Rugby World Cup 2011 after thrashing Papua New Guinea 73-12 here on Saturday.

The Samoans outclassed PNG 188-19 on aggregate over their two play-offs to become the second nation to progress through the global qualifying process, following Canada’s qualification last weekend, and the 14th to secure its place in the tournament.

The Samoans join defending world champions South Africa in Pool D along with Wales and Fiji. The pool line-up will be completed by the winner of Africa’s qualifying final, between Tunisia and Namibia in November.

Samoa wing Mikaele Pesamino opened the scoring with the first of his three tries after just four minutes at the Lloyd Robson stadium.

Five more unanswered first half tries by Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, Andrew Williams (2), Semo Sititi and a second for Pesamino, allied with four Titi Esau conversions, saw the visitors take a 38-0 half-time lead.

Roland Namo claimed one back for the Pupuks in the second-half before further scored from Fuimaono-Sapolu, Afa Aiono, Meki Magele, Pesamino and Gavin Williams.

With the Samoans taking their foot off the pedal, Jack Maraha scored a late consolation try for the home side.

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