Samoa target famous hat-trick
September 18, 2011
Wales wing Leigh Halfpenny slides in to score against Samoa in 2009 © Getty Images
Wales take on Samoa in Hamilton on September 18, with the spectre of two of the biggest upsets in Rugby World Cup history still fresh in the memory for many Welsh fans.
At the 1991 tournament Wales were felled 16-13 at Cardiff Arms Park, with the legendary Brian Lima making an impact at his first World Cup.
Lightning struck twice when in 1999 the Samoans produced a thrilling display to beat the hosts at the brand new Millennium Stadium. Their 38-34 victory contained a breakaway try for inspirational skipper Pat Lam shortly before his retirement, while fly-half Stephen Bachop, also an All Black, was Wales' main tormentor with two tries.
The last meeting between the sides came in 2009, when a late Seilala Mapusua try silenced the Cardiff crowd only for the hosts to cling on for a 17-13 victory at the death.
Wales v South Africa All-time record: Played: 7, Wales won 4, Samoa won 3
Biggest winning margin:: Wal: 44, 50-6 at Millennium Stadium, 2000; Samoa: 25, 34-9 at Moamoa, 1994
Highest score: Wal: 50 (50-6) at Millennium Stadium, 2000; Samoa: 38 (31-38) at Millennium Stadium, 1999
Most tries: Wal: 6 (50-6) at Millennium Stadium, 2000; Samoa: 5 (31-38) at Millennium Stadium, 2000
Longest winning sequence: Wal: 2 (1986-88 and 2000-09); Samoa: 3 (1991-99)
Most points (individual): Wal: Neil Jenkins 25; Samoa: Darren Kellett, 19
Most tries (individual): Wal: 2 Shane Williams and Nigel Davies; Samoa: 2 Stephen Bachop, Brian Lima and Pat Lam
Most points in a Test: Wal: 20 Arwel Thomas at Millennium Stadium, 2000; Samoa: 19 Darren Kellett at Moamoa, 1994
Previous Rugby World Cup meetings:: Wales 13-16 Samoa, Cardiff Arms Park,1991; Wales 31-38 Samoa, Millennium Stadium, 1999
Click Here for Wales's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru.
Click Here for Samoa's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for a full record of all Wales v Samoa matches courtesy of Stasguru
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