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Samoa manages yellow cards, beats Russia at Rugby World Cup

by Ace Damon
Samoa manages yellow cards, beats Russia at Rugby World Cup

KUMAGAYA, Japan (AP) – Samoa represented Russia 34-9 in an incident-packed Rugby World Cup match with three yellow cards that could easily be red.

The difference was in the way they tended to yellows on a tropical night on Tuesday that looked more like Apia than Moscow.

Although it fell to 13 men by eight minutes in the first half, Samoa suffered no points.

As Russia fell, he conceded 14.

Joining the same team just four days after losing the tournament's opening tournament by 20 to Japan hurt the Russians, who were at stake but ran out of energy. The Bears ended up losing 44 tackles, while Manu Samoa, a freshman in the first game of the tournament, took 11 breaks and ran free in the second half, where he scored five of his six attempts.

"It was not a physical deterioration, it was a mental deterioration," said Russia coach Lyn Jones.

Samoa tied the first points by attacking from a lateral lineup. Defender Tim Nanai-Williams overlapped right wing Alapati Leiua, who entered the coverage and entered.

But Russia came back on penalties for flyhalf Yuri Kushnarev to lead 6-5, and Samoa reacted badly.

Within a two-minute break, downtown Rey Lee-Lo and prostitute Motu Matu & u were caught with shoulder blows to the head of Russian defender and captain Vasily Artemyev. They were not red cards from French referee Romain Poite because both times Artemyev bent down to prepare for the impacts.

Samoa coach Steve Jackson said the problem was not discipline but technique.

"We didn't learn last weekend from people named," Jackson said. "We have to improve in this area."

Russia failed to pay the two-man advantage and was forced back to half. Only halfway through the break, when Samoa had 14 men, Russia threatened and only after Nanai-Williams spilled a high ball within 22 to put his team under pressure.

Vladimir Ostroushko was shot down by Flyhalf Tusi Pisi and the ball landed in the goal about one foot ahead of his desperate dive. Pisi had to make an attempt to save Bogdan Fedotko's block, which kicked the ball a short distance from the tryline.

Russia, playing for the first time in the Pacific Islands, led incredibly at halftime but the advantage evaporated five minutes after the break.

A great play full of discharges put Samoa No. 8 Afaesetiti Amosa above the line, but only after he was hooked on the neck by Russian prop Kirill Gotovtseva. Amos sprained her right knee and had to be removed without Gotovtseva issuing a yellow card.

Samoa took the lead back in 10-6, although it was more if Pisi, the oldest player of the 37-year-old Samoa World Cup, was more accurate in the match.

Kushnarev showed him how, with a low goal to reduce the deficit to one, but Russia was 14 men down and signaling and Samoa was energized by more new legs from the bench.

A pass without a pass from prostitute Ray Niuia's substitute put winger Ed Fidow in defense and behind the goalposts to give Pisi an easier kick.

Just four minutes later, Fidow's second attempt – and his tenth in nine tests – earned Samoa a bonus thanks to a Leiua overlap pass.

Lee-Lo marked the fifth attempt of a side-line attack with Pisi's final pass, and after holding back a 10-minute attack from the Russians, Samoa hit him with a sixth attempt at a scrum midway. Leiua defended one defender and left another to score his second attempt, and Pisi hit his second goal in seven attempts.

Both teams travel to Kobe. Samoa play against Scotland on Monday, while Russia have a nine-day break before facing Ireland.


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