England aim to extend winning run
November 16, 2010
Martin Corry notched twice in England's most recent meeting with Samoa, at the 2007 World Cup © Getty Images
England will be protecting a perfect record when they collide with Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon. The two sides have met five times, with England triumphing on each occasion.
Their first encounter occurred at the 1995 World Cup, with Rory Underwood accounting for two of England's four tries as they recorded a 44-22 win which saw them beat their opponents to top spot in the pool.
They were drawn together again in the 2003 tournament, with England again coming out on top, this time 35-22 after a surprisingly tight affair.
They locked horns again in France four years later. The pressure was on England after a dismal 36-0 defeat by the Springboks in their previous game but Brian Ashton's men claimed a morale-boosting 44-22 win, a result which proved the catalyst for a remarkable run all the way to the final.
England v Samoa All-time record: Played: 5, England won 5, Samoa won 0.
Biggest winning margin: Eng: 37, 40-3 at Twickenham, 2005; Sam: N/A.
Highest score: Eng: 44 (44-22) at Kings Park, 1995 and (44-22) at Stade de la Beaujoire, 2007; Sam: 22 (44-22) at Kings Park, 1995, (35-22) at Docklands, 2003 and (44-22) Stade de la Beaujoire, 2007.
Most tries: Eng: 5 (40-3) at Twickenham, 2005; Sam: 3 (22-44) at Kings Park, 1995.
Longest winning sequence: Eng: 5 (1995-present); Sam: N/A.
Most points (individual): Eng: Jonny Wilkinson 39; Sam: Earl Va'a and Loki Crichton 17.
Most tries (individual): Eng: 3 Rory Underwood; Sam: 2 Fata Sini.
Most points in a Test: Eng: 24 Jonny Wilkinson at Stade de la Beaujoire, 2007; Sam: 17 Earl Va'a at Docklands Stadium, 2003 and Loki Crichton at Stade de la Beaujoire, 2007.
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