SAMOA 17 – 19 WALES
Two tries from Steff Evans see Wales home against a spirited Samoa
Anyone who thought that this was going to be a game of running rugby in beautiful weather had their dreams thwarted by torrential Tropical rain showers.
Having to contend with those conditions, and also the fact that ten of the squad had been down with sickness before the game, probably helped to account for the poor start.
Samoa were rampant in the first fifteen minutes using their power to eventually get Alapati Leiua to cross in the corner for a converted try. Wales struggled to put together any passages of play with handling errors in abundance.
Sam Davies kept Wales in touch with the boot but the tourists went into half time trailing the Samoans.
The second half started with a flourish with Steff Evans scoring within the first minute. Samoa again piled on pressure and the Welsh defence got punished for a lapse in concentration leaving the home hooker Leiataua to cross the whitewash.Pisi added the extras and Samoa were back in the lead.
It was Wales though who had the last laugh with that man Steff Evans again crossing for a try in the corner.
Wales were then made to dig deep as Samoa tried everything to get back the lead. This team of second, and in some cases third choice players, showed great character to secure their line and their second win of a successful tour.