Samoa shock sorry Wales

Wales' autumn campaign plunged into despair as another abject display saw them beaten 26-19 by Samoa at the Millennium Stadium.

Leigh Halfpenny kicked four penalties and converted Ashley Beck's first-half interception score, but it was not enough as Samoa gained revenge for their World Cup reverse of 13 months' ago.

The writing had been on the wall when Fa'atoina Autagavaia crossed for the visitors after just 64 seconds, with second-half tries from George Pisi and Johnny Leota sealing the win and Tusi Pisi kicking 11 points.

They also suffered two more injuries - hooker Richard Hibbard and fly-half Dan Biggar the victims - and head coach Warren Gatland faces a Herculean task attempting to turn things around when he returns from British and Irish Lions preparatory business next week.

The first try came as Newcastle number eight Taiasina Tuifu'a raced clear on halfway after catching the Welsh defence napping, and then it was a case of a simple passing movement that ended with Autagavaia touching down. Tusi Pisi's conversion made it 7-0.

Two Halfpenny penalties cut the deficit to a point and the hosts then claimed an opportunist try nine minutes before half-time when Tusi Pisi's intended pass to his brother George was intercepted by Beck, who sprinted 80 metres to claim his first Test try. Halfpenny added the conversion, nudging Wales 13-7 ahead.

Tusi Pisi landed a penalty that made it 13-10 at half-time and the visitors regained the lead after 47 minutes when Beck lost possession outside his own 22, Kahn Fotuali'i broke clear and George Pisi finished spectacularly.

Another Halfpenny penalty - this time from 50 metres - made it 16-15 to Wales, only for Tusi Pisi to cancel it out with a kick that restored Samoa's advantage and ensure a nervous final quarter for the vast majority among a 44,000 crowd.

Halfpenny then put Wales 19-18 ahead after Samoa flanker Maurie Fa'asavalu high-tackled Ken Owens, but Pisi completed his penalty hat-trick when substitute prop Gethin Jenkins infringed.

It was frantic, patternless rugby from both teams, but Leota's 78th-minute effort when Halfpenny slipped in defence sealed the deal and left Wales' autumn campaign in tatters.

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