25 May 2011

Samoa start Under 20 tournament with victory

11:24 am on 25 May 2011

Samoa have opened their Junior World Rugby Trophy campaign in emphatic fashion, thumping the United States 48-11 in Tbilisi.

Second five Robert Lilomaiava dotted down three times as John Schuster's team ran in eight tries.

Pool A rivals Uruguay also started on a winning note after outclassing Russia 33-5.

In Pool B Japan held off Zimbabwe 37-24 while hometown hope Georgia defeated Canada 38-9.

The overall tournament winner will be promoted to next year's elite Junior World Championship.