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Sport Samoa in Nines box seat after early upsets

15:20  18 october  2019
15:20  18 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Samoa (/səˈmoʊə/), officially the Independent State of Samoa ( Samoan : Malo Saʻoloto Tutoʻatasi o Sāmoa ; Samoan : Sāmoa , IPA: [ˈsaːmoa]) and, until 4 July 1997, known as Western Samoa

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Samoa are in the box seat to survive the "group of death" at the World Cup Nines after they flogged Fiji 32-17 and watched Tonga fall by the wayside.

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Pierre Gasly was a big loser after running only slightly wide on the exit of turn nine , where an aggressive set of kerbs shattered his front-left suspension, sending him Fernando Alonso also picked up some damage early in the second session as he skidded over some kerbs, and he spent much of

Overall, their model has called a stellar nine out of 12 upsets by double-digit seeds in the first round over the past two years and went 27-5 straight up in the first round last year. That didn't happen by accident, either. There has been at least one 14 vs. 3 upset in four of the past five NCAA Tournaments.

Drawn in the toughest group of the tournament with just one team set to advance, Samoa impressed alongside giant killers the Cook Islands, Fiji and Tonga on Friday night.

Winger Brian To'o scored a double against Fiji, while Penrith teammates Jerome Luai and Moses Leota also crossed in the upset win.

Fiji - who were considered one of the dark horses for the tournament - looked out of sorts at Bankwest Stadium.

They failed to make the most of the NRL's leading try-scorer Maika Sivo on the left wing, waiting until the final minute to get the ball in his hands.

And when they did, he scored instantly by sprinting 70-metres down the touchline.

The result puts both Fiji and Tonga in a precarious position headed into Saturday.

The star-studded Tonga were earlier shocked 30-7 by the Cook Islands despite boasting significantly greater NRL experience.

It means the crowd favourites must win both their games on Saturday by large margins and hope other results go in their favour if they are to reach the finals.

Lebanon set aside the drama of their NRL stars boycotting the event to upset France 12-8 in the tournament's opening game, a result highlighted by Western Suburbs reserve grader Bilal Maarbani's double.

England also flogged Wales 25-4 in their first match, with former New Zealand Warrior Sam Tomkins and incoming Canberra halfback George Williams starring.

Clinton Gutherson, Victor Radley added to Kangaroos squad to face Tonga .
Eels captain Clinton Gutherson and Roosters lock Victor Radley have been named in the Kangaroos squad to take on Tonga. Victor Radley has been rewarded for his man of the match performance for the Junior Kangaroos in Friday's stunning 62-4 win over France, while Gutherson's stellar World Cup Nines campaign clearly didn't go unnoticed.Coach Mal Meninga will carry a squad of 20 players over to New Zealand for next Saturday's bumper Test showdown against Tonga, however is expected to remain largely loyal to the 17 who defeated New Zealand 24-6 in Wollongong.

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