Minimal Changes For Samoa

 Sep 28,2011
Written by: Robert Lemmer

Samoa have limited changes in the starting line-up to face South Africa to just three in the backline while retaining the same forward pack which beat Fiji 27-7 in the World Cup.

Winger David Lemi and inside centre Eliota Sapolu Fuimaono, both veterans of the 2007 Cup, will make their first starts in this tournament on Friday in a crunch match for a quarter-final berth.

Lemi has replaced Sailosi Tagicakibau, who had started the previous three Pool D matches but has dropped out with a calf injury.

Sapolu was a replacement in all three pool matches. Seilala Mapusua has moved out to centre to accommodate him and forced George Pisi to the reserves.

Samoa: 15 Paul Williams, 14 David Lemi, 13 Seilala Mapusua, 12 Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 George Stowers, 7 Maurie Faasavalu, 6 Taiasina Tuifua, 5 Kane Thompson, 4 Daniel Leo, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Mahonri Schwalger (captain), 1 Sakaria Taulafo.
Replacements: 16 Ole Avei, 17 Anthony Perenise, 18 Logovi'i Mulipola, 19 Ofisa Treviranus, 20 Filipo Lavea Levi, 21 Junior Poluleuligaga, 22 George Pisi.


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