10 Nov 2010

Samoa rugby team lose in mid-week clash

12:21 pm on 10 November 2010

An experimental Manu Samoa team has narrowly lost 26-22 to Irish rugby province Connacht in a mid-week match ahead of Sunday's international against Ireland.

Captain and first five Lolo Lui opened the scoring with a penalty in the 11th minute and tries from Misioka Timoteo and Falemiga Selesele had the visitors ahead 17-16 at half-time.

Another try stretched Manu Samoa's lead but Clermont hooker Tii Paulo was sin-binned with 25 minutes remaining, which allowed Connacht captain John Muldoon to cross the line and ensure the home side held on for victory.

Meanwhile Irish coach Declan Kidney has made 11 changes to the starting lineup who played South Africa last weekend ahead of Sunday morning's international.

Ronan O'Gara will start at first five ahead of Jonathan Sexton while halfback Peter Stringer will start in place of Eoin Reddan and lock Devin Toner will win his first senior cap.