Wales v Samoa as it happened

As it happened

By James Standley - BBC Sport

In summary

  • FT: Wales 19-26 Samoa
  • Samoa try after only two minutes
  • Beck interception try gave Wales 13-7 lead
  • Halfpenny boots four penalties
  • Five changes of lead in 20 second-half mins
  • Leota's late try seals Wales' fifth straight loss

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  1. 2210

    At least Wales get a week off to nurse their wounds - us keyboard warriors will be right back at it tomorrow.

    Ireland A face Fiji at 17:30 but the big games come before that as England host Australia at Twickenham and Scotland welcome South Africa to Murrayfield, both kicking-off at 14:30.

    You can see the latter live on the BBC, while we've also got highlights of England's game against Australia later on Saturday evening.

    And of course, you can follow it all with me here, live on the BBC Sport website.

    Goodnight for now, and as they say in Wales, let's never play Samoa at rugby again.

  2. 2201

    Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland on facing the All Blacks next week: "It's going to be tough - it's the hardest game in world rugby. The boys have got to dig deep and look hard in the mirror, because the last two performances haven't been good enough."

  3. 2200

    Interim boss Rob Howley's been getting a lot of stick, but Warren Gatland's back in full-time control next week as his Lions committments come to a temporary halt.

    Sean Edwards explained earlier in the week that Gatland (external) has been in constant contact with the party, but will his full-time presence make a difference?

    I'd love to be a fly on the wall at that first team meeting: "So Warren, we've lost five on the bounce, confidence is a little low and in seven days we face New Zealand. Any suggestions?"

  4. 2159

    Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland tells BBC Sport: "At half-time we spoke about playing in their half, not in our half, because they were scrapping hard at the breakdown. We couldn't afford to give away penalties in our own half. We didn't execute that well enough to be honest."

  5. Rhys Ullah on Twitter: (external) "Shocking by Wales, Rob Howley is giving this side ZERO Energy, ZERO confidence and ZERO Welsh spirit. Calling out for Gatland!.."

  6. 2149
    What's next for Wales?

    As Wales captain Ryan Jones says, they've got two of the best sides in the world coming up in the next couple of weeks - good thing the warm-up matches went well...

    Next Saturday, world champions New Zealand are in town, Dan Carter, Richie McCaw et al. Get through that, and then there's "only" Australia to round things off.

    Wales could (will?) lose four from four and find themselves out of the top eight come World Cup draw time in early December. On and off the pitch this could be a bruising month.

  7. More from Ryan Jones: "It's a lack of confidence. When you come off the back of disappointing results things tend to snowball. But we've really got to draw a line under it.

    "The boys prepared very well, the game plan was spot on - we just didn't execute it. As a squad we've got to take it on the chin. We've got two of the world's best sides coming up - so there's no hiding place."

  8. Tanj on Twitter: (external) Decision making let the Welsh team down, along with a 'heart-on-sleeve' performance from Samoa, who deserved the win

  9. Richard Kavanagh on Twitter: (external) "Applaud Samoa but what the hell is going on with Wales. Rob Howley what are you doing. It's not embarrassing it's humiliating."

  10. More from Wales captain Ryan Jones: "We came second best in quite a few facets of that game. It was a game that slowly slipped away from us and we didn't have enough in the end. But that's not taking anything away from Samoa, who turned up with a physical edge and a gameplan that stopped us playing again.

    "It was similar faults to last week, we played played rugby in the wrong areas, breakdown work wasn't efficient and we didn't get what we wanted from the set-piece."

  11. Wales captain Ryan Jones, who skippered the side for a record 29th time, on BBC Two Wales: "What could have been the greatest day of my career has turned into one of the worst."

  12. CZ on Twitter: (external) "NZ are going to destroy Wales, the welsh have been poor at regional and even worse in international."

  13. Welsh Essex Boy, via text: "Unbelievable, who will Rob Howley blame this week. Last week it was injuries, this week? Not good enough, poor coaching, poor fly half play. We've gone back to the pre Gatland days of kicking everything away, badly!"

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    Jonathan Davies - BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    "You cannot say Samoa did not deserve to win. They have been the better side. They had better ball carriers, created the tries and scored the tries.

    "For whatever reason it was a very flat performance again, with no imagination and no deception in the line-outs. And in the last 20 minutes the scrum just disintegrated. The bad news is - the All Blacks are coming to town next Saturday."

  15. Jen, Aberdare, via text: "I am sorry to say that I don't feel Rob Howley instills confidence and team spirit in this Welsh squad like Warren Gatland. Come back Gatland we need you before we disgrace ourselves even more."

  16. Paul Humphrey on Twitter: (external) "If Samoa could kick Wales would be stuffed by now. This is embarrassing! Third tier for world cup."

    David Ewiss on Twitter: (external) "Only Wales could go from potential world champions to abject no hopers in the space of a year."

  17. FULL-TIME Wales 19-26 Samoa

    Massive win for the men from the South Paficic. Physically they dominated their hosts and tactically they were every bit Wales' equals.

    Hard to find anything positive to say for Wales fans. Thank god it's only New Zealand up next eh?

  18. 78 mins
    Wales 19-26 Samoa

    Ninety seconds for Wales. They need a converted try to score - and to be honest they've created hardly any try scoring chances all match.

    Wales hurl themselves forward, but it's like waves lapping against a cliff. Samoa dominate the ruck, win the penalty, this is all over.

  19. 77 mins
    TRY Wales 19-26 Samoa (Leota try, T Pisi missed conversion)

    Not now they haven't. Lemi chips ahead, Halfpenny looks like winning the chase but can't touch down as the ball breaks away from him and Leota follows up to score with a flourish.

  20. 76 mins
    MISSED PENALTY Wales 19-21 Samoa (Tusi missed penalty)

    Penalty Samoa. Wales' scrum looks as though it is made of blancmange at the moment. Samoa devour it with lip-smacking relish.

    Can Pisi make the kick? He looks like he's got cramp and duly misses a simple effort. Big error - Wales still have a chance.

  21. 75 mins
    Wales 19-21 Samoa

    Wales are desperate. They attack from their own 22 but can make no headway against the rampaging Samoa defence. Samoa have a scrum on the Wales 22. This could be pivotal.

  22. 72 mins
    Wales 19-21 Samoa

    Phillips forces a turnover and Wales counter at pace, but Faletau loses the ball in a tackle from Samoa 10 Pisi. Frustrating - and potentially costly - for the hosts.

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    Jonathan Davies - BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    "I think Ryan Jones has played well - but we need some turnovers and get the ball going."

  24. 70 mins
    Wales 19-21 Samoa

    Any thoughts of the scalpel have been abandoned in favour of the lump hammer - by both sides. It is not pretty, but it is gripping.

    Both teams have thrown fresh bodies into the fray - Sam Warburton coming on for Jones for Wales - and Samoa are now well on top at the scrum. Replacement prop James Johnston is a one-man wrecking crew in that phase at the moment.


    Myles on Twitter: (external) "Wales seem to have forgotten how to run the ball. Something that's always been a strength. Frustrating!"

  26. Wales fan, via text: "Where are the Grand Slam winners of last season? I am devastated at this evening's performance, we need more TEAM PLAYING. Come on Wales we can do better than this."

  27. 68 mins
    Wales 19-21 Samoa

    Wales try to muscle their way over deep in the Samoa 22, but Faletau spills Phillips' pass, Samoa flood the break-down and Lemi clears with a booming kick.

  28. 66 mins
    PENALTY Wales 19-21 Samoa (Tusi Pisi penalty)

    Gethin Jenkins slumps to the ground at a scrum, up goes the arm from the referee and over goes the penalty from Pisi.

  29. 64 mins
    Wales 19-18 Samoa

    Brutal stuff in Cardiff as Samoa hammer away inside the Wales 22. Leota demonstrates the Samoan sidestep as he runs directly into and over the man in front of him.

    Wales defend tigerishly and Roberts smashes Tusi Pisi in the tackle, but Samoa are awarded the put-in at a scrum in front of the posts.

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    Jonathan Davies - BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    "It was a very dangerous tackle. It could have been a yellow card and in a game as close as this that decision could be crucial."

  31. 61 mins
    PENALTY Wales 19-18 Samoa (Halfpenny penalty)

    Assistant referee Wayne Barnes indicates a penalty to Wales as Samoa flanker Fa'asavalu's attempted clear out on hooker Owens "slips high".

    On replay that's ugly, Fa'asavalu dragging Owen backwards to the ground by the neck. Not good.

    Halfpenny is right back on the money, Wales in front once again... Feeling confident Wales fans?

  32. 59 mins
    MISSED PENALTY Wales 16-18 (Halfpenny missed penalty)

    It looks as though Wales will go back in front but Halfpenny's kick slides off his instep and drifts just to the right of the posts.

  33. 57 mins
    PENALTY Wales 16-18 (T Pisi penalty)

    Sale centre Johnny Leota comes on for the stricken Williams and makes an immediate impact with a barreling charge up the middle. Wales panic and concede a penalty...

    Tusi Pisi lands it, Samoa back in front, can they hold onto their lead this time?

  34. 55 mins
    OUCH! Wales 16-15

    Paul Williams departs with blood pouring from his face after a clash of heads in a tackle with Roberts. The Wales centre is certainly putting it about today.

  35. 53 mins
    Wales 16-15

    Brave tackle from Roberts on Fa'asavalu, but Wales infringe at a ruck and Pisi bangs the penalty deep into Wales territory.

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    Jonathan Davies - BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    "What a great finish. Fotuali'i does well to scamper away from the touchline and it's a great support from Pisi."

  37. 48 mins
    Wales 16-15 (Halfpenny penalty)

    Wales may not have much to offer at the moment, but Halfpenny's boot is keeping them in the game. Don't infringe, because he will hurt you, as he does from just inside his own half this time.

  38. 46 mins
    TRY Wales 13-15 Samoa (Try George Pisi, missed conversion Tusi Pisi)

    Dazzling try from the visitors. Lemi wins a turnover at a ruck and scrum-half Fotuali'i attacks down the blind-side, takes the contact with the covering Halfpenny on his own terms and feeds the supporting George Pisi.

    The Northampton centre has plenty to do but tip-toes down the toucline, stays in by milimetres and launches a Daley-esque dive to score in spectacular fashion in the corner.

    Brother Tusi cannot convert but Samoa are in front - deservedly, you have to say.

  39. 45 mins
    Wales 13-10 Samoa

    Samoa thrust forward like an amorous tortoise at the scrum and win a penalty as Wales collapse.