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Bruised Welsh wary of Samoa

RICHARD HIBBARD expects Samoa to come at Wales "big time" in next Friday night's clash at the Millennium Stadium.

OSPREYS hooker Hibbard could be among the changes made to a Wales team horribly outplayed by Argentina that resulted in last season's Six Nations champions being beaten 26-12.

Samoa are next on the autumn agenda before Wales face world champions New Zealand and then Australia.

Hibbard and his colleagues were back on the training pitch today as fall-out continues from their heaviest home defeat for three years and worst result anywhere in 22 Tests.

"It's going to be another tough game, a physical battle," he said.

"This autumn series just gets more physical and there are going to be some big hard hits. I think they will target us big time.

"We definitely must not panic, but it is nothing we can't put right. We will be looking to hit lumps out of each other in training this week.

"It was disappointing because we had targeted the match as a win but, basically, we weren't good enough."

Apart from the paucity of performance against Argentina, Wales' interim head coach Rob Howley must also address a growing injury list.

Centre Jamie Roberts (concussion) and lock Alun-Wyn Jones (shoulder) could be ruled out of the entire autumn series after going off in the Pumas encounter.

Howley, though, will hope that centre Jonathan Davies and back-row forward Ryan Jones can now be declared fully fit.


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