Rugby World Cup 2019: Samoa overcome slow start to beat Russia

Samoa have overcome a slow start to avoid potential banana skin team Russia, claiming a 34-9 win at Kumagaya Stadium.

Trailing 6-5 at the break, Samoa came out of the sheds with a different mindset, scoring in the 45th minute through No. 8 Afaesetiti Amosa who was stretchered off with a leg injury.

Fullback Tim Nanai-Williams was involved all over the park and was many times the instigator for their attack.

Samoa's next try came off a lovely lineout play which saw winger Ed Fidow cruise in almost untouched after an inside ball from replacement Ray Niuia.

He would have a double four minutes later as the pace and execution of the Samoan's was too much for the European side. 

Centre Rey Lee-Lo got in on the try scoring as he scored out wide off a good blackline move to free up the 32-year-old.

They continued to dominate until right winger Alapati Leiua scored his second after a powerful run down the wing.

Samoa: 34 (Alapati Leiua x 2, Afaesetiti Amosa, Ed Fidow x 2 and Rey Lee-Lo; Tusi Pisi two conversions )

Russia: 9 (Yury Kushnarev  2x penalty and one drop goal)