Namibia seek Samoa revenge
September 11, 2011
Tagicakibau scored against Namibia in 2003 © Getty Images
Samoa head into their opening Rugby World Cup clash in Rotorua hoping to maintain their perfect record over Namibia.
The Pool D rivals have met just once before with Samoa running out 40-13 winners in July 2003 in Windhoek, Namibia. Winger Dom Feau'nati scored a hat-trick on his debut in one of only five appearances for Samoa while centre Brian Lima and winger Sailosi Tagicakibau also touched down for the Pacific Islanders. Du Preez Grobler and Wolfie Duvenhage crossed for Namibia.
London Irish winger Tagicakibau, Maurie Faasavalu and Mahonri Schwalger survive from that Samoa side while 34-year-old Hugo Horn is Namibia's sole representative from the 2003 team.
Samoa v Namibia
All-time record: Played: 1, Samoa won 1, Namibia won 0.
Biggest winning margin: Samoa: 27, 40-13 at South West Stadium, 2003; Nam: N/A.
Highest score: Samoa: 40 (40-13) at South West Stadium, 2003; Nam: N/A.
Most tries: Samoa: 5 (40-13) at South West Stadium, 2003; Nam: 2 (13-40) at South West Stadium, 2003.
Longest winning sequence: Samoa: 1 (2003-present day); Nam: N/A.
Most points (individual): Samoa: 15 Dom Feau'nati; Nam: 5 Du Preez, Grobler, Wolfie Duvenhage
Most tries (individual): Samoa: 3 Dom Feau'nati; Nam: 1 Du Preez, Grobler, Wolfie Duvenhage
Previous Rugby World Cup meetings:: 0
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