Monday 19 February 2018

Samoa sink Wales to boost Ireland

IRELAND moved up the world rankings without playing a game last night as Samoa stunned Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Defeat means Wales drop to eighth in the rankings with Argentina and Ireland both moving up a spot to sixth and seventh respectively, while Samoa are now in ninth.

The Six Nations and Grand Slam champions have now lost five games in a row and were on the back foot straight away as Fa'atoina Autagavaia scored a try after just over a minute following a flowing drive marked by missed Wales tackles.

The hosts went in 13-10 ahead at the break, albeit against the run of play thanks to Ashley Beck's breakaway try.

With Mike Phillips recalled as scrum-half, Wales started with usual captain Sam Warburton on the bench but eight changes from the defeat by Argentina last weekend failed to spark the home side under interim coach Rob Howley.

The Welsh clung on but Johnny Leota's late try gave Samoa breathing space and a deserved victory.

Irish Independent

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