Rugby World Cup 2019: Live updates - Russia v Samoa

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Russia 9 - 34 Samoa

Thats full time! After a slow first half, Samoa have stormed home to cruise to their first win of RWC19. 

80 min: TRY - Samoa, strong run from Leiua and he has a double what a run down the right win. Kick is wide. Russia - 34 Samoa. 

79 min: Relentless defence from Samoa and they do so well to keep Russia out! 

72 min: The ball is stolen from Samoa and they clear after some heroic defence. 

70 min: So much time on the Samoan line and they are held up - Russia scrum coming. 

67 min: Russia win a penalty and then kick for touch. 

66 min: Another Russian knock on, can't seem to get anything going at the moment. 

63 min: TRY - Samoa, the Samoan's work the ball right then quick to the left and it's Lee-Lo who scores. Kick is wide. 

62 min: Massive work at scrum time from Samoa and win the penalty against the feed and will kick to the corner. 

60 min: Another knock on from Samoa, Russia scrum.

59 min: Samoa will have a lineout from their 22, big chance here. 

58 min: Very close on the counter from Samoa - Nanai-Williams kicks the ball down field and Leiua nearly has his second but knocks it on over the line.

57 min: Russia work the ball forward well but Samoa do well to turn the ball over and clear. 

53 min: TRY - Samoa, after the break the backs shift the ball left and Fidow has a double. Kick is good. 

51 min: Samoa have found their groove now - a big break from Leiua again and they are 22m out. 

49 min: TRY - Samoa, gorgeous from Samoa, off the lineout and Ray Niuia hits Ed Fidow on the inside ball and he scores. Lovely try - Kick is good. Russia 9 - 17 Samoa

48 min: Russia are going nowhere in attack and they flick it back to Kushnarev who slots a drop kick.  Russia 9 - 10 Samoa

Kirill Gotovtsev yellow carded. 

45 min: TRY - Samoa. Lovely from Nanai-Williams he starts it and nearly finishes it, almost everyone is involved. It goes from left to right but it's Afaesetiti Amosa who scores. A yellow card too during the try, a high tackle. Kick is wide. Russia 6 - 10 Samoa. 

44 min: Another knock on from Samoa after a big break - Russia kick it back to Samoa.

43 min: Great work from Samoa at the breakdown and they win a penalty and will clear. 

41 min: Back underway in this match! Second half underway. 

A tough first half of footy to watch there - two bad tackles, Somoa struggling with discipline - Russia right in this game and Samoa will be looking to put them away early. 

40 min: Knock on! And that's half time. 

40 min: Really close from Russia there! A charge down in goal and a diving Vladimir Ostroushko is inches away - Russia have a 5m scrum.

37 min: Sloppy from both sides there - double knock on.

35 min: Great work from Samoa and they win a penalty and will kick for goal. It's wide.

31 min: Knock on from Russia and Samoa will take a scrum feed. 

31 min: Massive chance for Russia here, they need to score. 

30 min: Matu'u's takle is called high too, contact to the head - this one is a another yellow - Samoa down to 13 men.  

30 min: Motu Matu'u flew in for a massive hit but cops it in the head and is out cold on the ground. 

29 min: Knock on from Russia and Samoa will start the attack from their 22.

28 min: Direct contact to the head and he is called for a high tackle but because the Russian player is dipping down, it will be a yellow card.

28 min: The TMO has called a stop to play and is looking for a high tackle review on Rey Lee-Lo

25 min: Russia win a penalty in a really good spot. They kick, it's good. Russia 6 - 5 Samoa. 

23 min: Good play there for Russia, they win a net gain off the battle of the kicks - Pisi kicks it out, Russia lineout. 

21 min: Silly mistake from Samoa - knock on this time.

18 min: Penalty won by Russia and they will take the shot at goal. It's good. Russia 3 - 5 Samoa

16 min: TRY - Samoa, really nice from Nanai-Williams who changes direction and throws a cut out pass to Alapati Leiua who scores. Kick is wide. Russia 0 - 5 Samoa

14 min: A monster scrum from Russia - dominant and earns them a penalty. 

13 min: The throw is not straight - Russia scrum. 

12 min: Samoa are targetting Russia out wide, looking to tire out the big boys early, they kick to the corner and have a lineout. 

12 min: Strong attack here for Samoa, they're close now. Just 22m out. 

8 min: Samoa's first really attack here. Fidow knocks the ball on, a bad pass from TNW.

7 min: A nice backline move from Samoa sees them make a kick through and win a penalty - accidental offside. 

6 min: Nice from Samoa in their own 22, they earn a turnover!

5 min: A mistake from Nanai-Williams almost rusults in a Russian try, he throws a flick out the back straight to Russian player, it goes out for a lineout. 

3 min: Pisi forces the kick which is too long and Samoa will have a drop out. 

1 min: Early penalty won by Russia - tackled in the air. 

1 min: Kick off here in this Pool A clash. 


10:11pm: Both sides are making their way out now, national athem time. 

Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's coverage of the Rugby World Cup match between Samoa and Russia from Kumagaya Stadium. 

TAB Odds: Russia $16  Samoa $1.01

Pre-match chat: Pacific Island players making waves for other teams

Look around contact-sports teams anywhere in the world, and you’ll see names that remind you of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and the wider Pacific.

Whether it's the NFL, NRL, ARL or Super Rugby - not to mention top competitions in Europe, Asia and the Americas - you’ll find superstars of Pacific descent.

This year's Rugby World Cup will act as a massive showcase of their characteristic exciting, aggressive and immensely physical talent. Here are the stories behind some of those stars.

Manu Tuilagi (England)


Tuilagi has been a fan favourite for England rugby supporters ever since his backline debut in 2011.

Born in Samoa, his parents decided to name him 'Manusamoa', after older brother Freddie made the 1991 World Cup squad for Samoa that year.

In fact, Manu has five older brothers who all played for Samoa, but since he grew up and played most of his rugby in England, he felt he identified as more English than Samoan.

Tuilagi is no stranger to controversy, especially at Rugby World Cups. In 2011, he was fined for wearing a sponsored mouthguard, before being arrested by NZ police for jumping off a ferry into the Auckland harbour.

Marika Koroibete (Australia)


Koroibete's story is similar to many rugby league converts.

Scouted as a teenager in Fiji, he was signed to the Wests Tigers NRL club and went on to play five try-filled seasons of rugby league. He also represented Fiji seven times.

In 2016, just weeks after playing in the NRL Grand Final for Melbourne Storm, he was selected in the Wallabies squad to tour Europe at the end of the year.

He's now recorded 18 caps for Australia. Watch out for his pace on the wing - he can run 100m in 10.7s and 40m in just 4.8s.

Samu Kerevi (Australia)


Samuela Kerevi may have been born in Fiji, but after moving to Australia at the age of seven, his link to another country is not at all tenuous.

Raised by a father who represented Fiji in football and with a brother, Josua, who played for Fiji at U20 level, his pedigree is also unquestioned.

You may know him as the captain and centre/second-five for the Reds in Super Rugby.

Taniela Tupou (Australia)


Tupou made the whole world take notice of him at a young age, when footage of him scoring three tries in one game for Auckland's Sacred Heart College went viral.

The barn-storming teenage prop's services were then in hot demand, with New Zealand and Australia, as well as clubs in France and England, all vying to sign him professionally.

Eventually Tupou, nicknamed the 'Tongan Thor', decided to pursue his rugby on Australian soil and has quickly ascended the representative ranks.

He is relatively short for a modern-day prop at 1.75m, but has tremendous power in the scrums and agility around the field for such a big man.

Uwe Helu (Japan)


Now a regular for the Sunwolves in Super Rugby, Helu scored a try in the side's big upset of the Chiefs earlier this season, but is still relatively unheralded compared to some on our list.

But some Kiwis may recognise the name. While he was born in Tonga, Helu attended and played rugby for St Thomas of Canterbury College in Christchurch.

He then moved to Japan for university and after six years of study, began his professional club career.

His 1.93m (6ft 4in)/115kg frame was highly valued in Japan and he made his international debut just two years later.

Amanaki Mafi (Japan)


Japan's history of adopting Tongan nationals into their fold is long and strong, and this time, their reputation came through for them.

Mafi represented Tonga at the 2009 Junior World Cup, before moving to Hanazono University in Japan in 2010. 

After being named in both the Tonga and Japan squads for the 2014 November tests, he opted to play for Japan and has been one of their best players ever since.

Off-field though, Mafi has provided plenty of controversy. In 2018, Mafi was charged with intent to injure former Melbourne Rebels teammate Lopeti Timani, after a Super Rugby game against the Highlanders.

Both players were reportedly drinking at the house of Mafi's brother, when Timani insulted a Mafi family member.

Timani claims he fled the house in fear of his life, and was chased down and beaten. Mafi has pleaded not guilty to the charge.