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A great chance for both teams to try and get a World Cup win under the belt. Russia really impressed on Friday but the quick turnaround could be a major factor after a taxing 80 minutes against Japan. Samoa will be their usual physical self.
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Romain Poite will be the man with the whistle today and he will be assisted by Jerome Garces and Brendon Pickerill. Graham Hughes will be the TMO.
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Samoa: 15-Tim Nanai-Williams, 14-Alapati Leiua, 13-Rey Lee-Lo, 12-Henry Taefu, 11-Ed Fidow, 10-Tusi Pisi, 9-Dwayne Polataivao, 8-Afaesetiti Amosa, 7-TJ Ioane, 6-Chris Vui, 5-Kane Le’aupepe, 4-Teofilo Paulo, 3-Michael Alaalatoa, 2-Motu Matu’u, 1-Logovii Mulipola Replacements: 16-Ray Niuia, 17-Paul Alo-Emile, 18-Jordan Lay, 19-Senio Toleafoa, 20-Josh Tyrell, 21-Melani Matavao, 22-AJ Alatimu, 23-Ulupano Seuteni.
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Russia: 15-Vasily Artemyev, 14-German Davydov, 13-Vladimir Ostroushko, 12-Dmitry Gerasimov, 11-Kirill Golosnitskiy, 10-Yury Kushnarev, 9-Vasily Dorofeev, 8-Nikita Vavilin, 7-Tagir Gadzhiev, 6-Vitaly Zhivatov, 5-Bogdan Fedotko, 4-Andrey Ostrikov, 3-Kirill Gotovtsev, 2-Stanislav Selskii, 1-Valery Morozov. Replacements: 16-Evgeny Matveev, 17-Andrei Polivalov, 18-Azamat Bitiev, 19-Andrey Garbuzov, 20-Anton Sychev, 21-Dmitry Perov, 22-Ramil Gaisin, 23-Vladislav Sozonov.
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Good day and welcome to today's coverage as Russia take to the field against Samoa who begin their World Cup campaign.
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Kick off! Play is underway between Russia and Samoa!
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Russia looking to kick a lot early on and there is an early mistake as the chip over the top rolled too far and Samoa dots down for a 22m drop out.
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Some good work from Russia as they regather a kick ahead before Golosnitskiy is dragged into touch. Samoa under pressure early on.
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First scrum of the day and it's a fairly even contest. Samoa spread wide and manage to make some good territory before Fidow kicks ahead and Artemyev is penalized for offside.
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A chance goes begging for Samoa as they go wide to Fidow again but a poor pass from Lee-lo sees the winger knock it on and Russia have the put-in at scrum time.
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Russia win a free-kick from the scrum with the packs struggling to find stability. It's a brilliant touch finder from Kushnarev who forces Samoa back inside their half.
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Samoa retains possession from the line-out and go on the attack. They find some good territory through both flanks and eventually win a penalty in a very kickable position but they are going to the corner. Interesting call from the Samoans.
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A poor mistake from Matu’u as his throw into the line-out is skew and concedes a scrum.
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Massive scrum from Russia and they win a penalty. They are certainly up for this game!
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TRY, SAMOA, LEIUA! 0-5: Finally the breakthrough they have been searching for. A good initial run from Taefu before Nanai-Williams turns on the magic and he gets Leiua in a good position before the wing cuts inside and dives over.
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Samoa miss the conversion and Russia have lost Selskii early on as the hooker goes down the tunnel for an HIA. Matveev on in place of him.
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PENALTY, RUSSIA, KUSHNAREV! 3-5: Samoa makes a mess of the kick receive and concede a penalty and Russia take the opportunity to get points on the board thanks to a solid kick from their flyhalf.
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Samoa get inside the red zone and knock it on at the breakdown as they try to pick up the tempo. Samoa just not clinical enough at the moment and Russia surviving through their mistakes.
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Another good scrum from Russia allows them to clear their lines and earn a line-out. From it, Dorofeev makes a brilliant break through the middle and suddenly Russia are on the front foot.
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PENALTY, RUSSIA, KUSHNAREV! 6-5: Another good kick from Kushnarev and Russia are in the lead.
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Russia wins a penalty and immediately point to the poles. A chance to take the lead here...
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Another mistake from Samoa inside the Russian half allows Russia to make a good break. There is a bad tackle and the TMO is in Poite's ear. Could be bad news for Samoa here...
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Yellow card! Lee-Lo is in the bin for a terrible tackle on Artemyev. Lee-Lo is saved by Artemyev's left leg dipping a bit or that could have been a red.
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Good news for Russia as Selskii takes to the field again after passing his HIA.
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Yellow card! Another yellow and this time Matu’u gets his marching orders for 10 minutes. By the look of his condition, it might be the end of his game after taking a big knock.
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Another TMO call for a bad tackle from Samoa. Matu’u comes flying in and makes a poor tackle and seems to have come off second best in the collision.
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Poor from Russia. They have an attacking line-out and immediately look to go wide and exploit the numerical advantage but its a shocking pass from Kushnarev which results in a knock-on.
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Russia again not taking advantage of the Somoa yellow cards as they slow the game down and eventually even concede e penalty in a kickable position.
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Russia gets away with it as Pisi pushes the penalty wide and Russia are quick to kick away possession again. Strange decision-making from the Bears who will soon be up against 14 men.
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Russia put Samoa under pressure as Nanai-Williams drops the ball in his own half before Russia then charge down the kick which goes out behind the dead-ball line. In the meantime, Lee-Lo is back on the filed and the news is Matu’u will be replaced after his 10 minutes is up
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HALF-TIME: RUSSIA 6-5 SAMOA! A scrappy affair with Samoa's discipline really letting them down whilst Russia have been very impressive but already look tired after a short turnaround time since their game on Friday. Both teams still very much in it.
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Russia can't capitalize as the referee blows the whistle for half-time following a knock-on.
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Kick off! The second half is underway.
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Good chase from Russia and they win back position early on and go on the attack before eventually conceding a penalty. Sloppy start from Samoa.
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TRY, SOMOA, AMOSA! 6-10: Much better from Samoa as Nanai-Williams makes a great break and solid offload to get forward to the Russia 22m. After a few breaks, Amosa goes over and Gotovsev is sent to the bin for diving on him.
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Another poor kick from Pisi as he misses the conversion.
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Russia looking to hit back immediately as they get inside the Samoan half and go through the phases.
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DROP GOAL, RUSSIA, KUSHNAREV! 9-10: A bit of brilliance from the Russian ten as he sees there isn't much on and splits the poles.
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CONVERSION, SAMOA, PISI! 9-15: With the easiest of kicks, Pisi finally opens his account.
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TRY, SAMOA, FIDOW! 9-15: Samoa respond perfectly as they get a maul going before popping to Fidow who runs a great line and dives over.
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TRY, SAMOA, FIDOW! 9-22: Fidow strikes again. Samoa make a good break following a kick from Russia and the counter-attack is good as Fidow eventually gets over.
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CONVERSION, SAMOA, PISI! 9-22: Pisi adds the extra and Samoa suddenly well in control.
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Samoa almost get another as Russia fumbles a kick inside their own 22m and Samoa are there to pounce but they knock it forwad and Russia will have a scrum on the 5m line.
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Russia looking noticeably tired all of a sudden and Samoa rightfully well on top. They will be looking to capitalize on Russian fatigue.
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TRY, SAMOA, LEE-LO! 9-29: After spending the last five-minutes inside the 22m, Samoa eventuall get over for the bonus-point try courtesy of Lee-Lo.
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The conversion attempt is missed.
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The Russians aren't going down with a fight and they win a penalty and a good kick gets them to the 5m line of Samoa. Just over 10 minutes left to play.
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Russia get to the line but are held up and the TMO will have to take another look!
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The TMO can't find any conclusive evidence to award the try and play will restart with a Russian scrum.
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Samoa does well to turn over possession and they clear their lines. Russia will have to rebuild from the halfway line.
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Brilliant defence from Samoa. Russia continues attacking and finally get within 5m of the try line but some brilliant defending from Samoa gets them a penalty. The celebrations say it all.
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TRY, SAMOA, LEIUA! 9-34: He's been terrific all evening and he makes a marauding run down the blindside shrugging off every wave of defence Russia could throw at him and goes over.
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The conversion is missed and the buzzer has gone.
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FULL-TIME: RUSSIA 9-34 SAMOA! A good second-half performance gets Samoa a bonus-point win. Their discipline cost them in the first half but the second 40 saw a much more polished performance as they put Russia to the sword.
Russia
Samoa
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Tries
6
15' Alapati Leiua
44' Afaesetiti Amosa
48' Ed Fidow
52' Ed Fidow
62' Rey Lee-Lo
79' Alapati Leiua
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Conversions
2
49' Tusi Pisi
53' Tusi Pisi
2
Penalties
0
18' Yury Kushnarev
25' Yury Kushnarev
0
Drop Goals
0
1
Yellow Cards
2
44' Kirill Gotovtsev
27' Rey Lee-Lo
29' Motu Matu''u
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Red Cards
0
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Squad
15
Valery Morozov
Stanislav Selskii
Kirill Gotovtsev
Andrey Ostrikov
Bogdan Fedotko
Vitaly Zhivatov
Tagir Gadzhiev
Nikita Vavilin
Vasily Dorofeev
Yury Kushnarev
Kirill Golosnitskiy
Dimitry Gerasimov
Vladimir Ostroushko
German Davydov
Vasily Artemyev
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Logovi'i Mulipola
Motu Matu'u
Michael Alaalatoa
Filo Paulo
Kane Le'aupepe
Chris Vui
TJ Ioane
Afaesetiti Amosa
Dwayne Polataivao
Tusi Pisi
Ed Fidow
Henry Taefu
Rey Lee-Lo
Alapati Leiua
Tim Nanai-Williams
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Reserves
8
Evgeny Matveev
Andrei Polivalov
Azamat Bitiev
Andrey Garbuzov
Anton Sychev
Dmitry Perov
Ramil Gaisin
Vladislav Sozonov
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17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Ray Niuia
Paul Alo-Emile
Jordan Lay
Senio Toleafoa
Josh Tyrell
Melani Matavao
AJ Alatimu
Ulupano Seuteni