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Samoans clinically kick their way to success

Tusi Pisi helped kick Samoa to victory against Fiji in their World Cup Pool D encounter at Eden Park in Auckland.

Pisi contributed 15 points thanks to the accuracy of his boot, with a scrappy affair between the Pacific island nations eventually coming to life in the final 20 minutes with three tries.

Kahn Fotuali'i and George Stowers crossed for the Samoans, with Fiji's reply coming from Netani Talei.

Both teams had beaten group whipping boys Namibia earlier in the tournament but had suffered one defeat each as well, with Samoa losing to Wales and Fiji outplayed by South Africa.

Samoa led 9-0 after 13 minutes with two penalties and a drop goal from Pisi but the contest was becoming increasingly untidy and it was another unforced error which allowed Pisi to add the only other points of the first half.

Pisi's fourth successful kick made it 15-0, four minutes into the second half but by now Fiji were at least showing signs of improvement only to be held up by some dogged defending.

Samoa were eventually the first to cross the line after 62 minutes. The ball was played out wide to the left and although Pisi was stopped short of the line, Fotuali'i continued the move and his determination saw him over.

Pisi was unable to add the extras, but the score was the catalyst the match needed.

Fiji responded after 67 minutes with their first points, a converted try for blindside flanker Talei after some patient build-up play.

Two minutes later, Fiji's defence was breached again by Williams who laid the ball the ball off for Stowers to dive over in the corner, with Williams converting.

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