18 Jul 2011

Samoa upset Wallabies 32-23

5:59 am on 18 July 2011

Manu Samoa claimed their biggest ever international scalp with a stunning 32-23 upset victory over Australia in Sydney yesterday.

The visitors raced out to a 17-0 lead inside half an hour through tries to UK based duo Alesana Tuilagi and Paul Williams.

A yellow card for lock Daniel Leo allowed the Wallabies back into the match through Digby Ioane but second half touchdowns to Kane Thompson and Tusi Pisi ensured Samoa held on for their first ever victory over the two-time world cup champions.

Team Manager Matthew Vaea says after a disappointing Pacific Nations Cup campaign this result is a huge boost for the team and its world cup preparations.

Manu Samoa will complete their world cup build-up with two home matches against the Western Force next month.

Australia have no time to lick their wounds as they open their Tri Nations campaign against South Africa on Saturday.