Rugby

Veteran Pisi spearheads Samoa against Wallabies

2019-09-05 07:34
Tusi Pisi (Gallo Images)

Sydney - Veteran flyhalf Tusi Pisi gets another crack at the Wallabies this weekend after being named in Samoa's team on Thursday, the sole survivor from the Pacific nation's epic victory over Australia in 2011.

Now 37, the Japan-based star's assured kicking helped steer Samoa to the 32-23 win in Sydney eight years ago - one of their greatest ever.

He will line up on Saturday alongside Crusaders' front-rower Michael Alaalatoa, who makes his Test debut but has been denied the chance to go head-to-head against his brother.

Allan Alaalatoa, who is of Samoan heritage, is the Wallabies first-choice prop, but has been rested for the game at Sydney's Bankwest Stadium ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The Samoans, who only just scraped into the World Cup after a poor qualification campaign, boost a host of players with Super Rugby experience although most now ply their trade in Europe.

They head into the game on the back of recent wins over Tonga and a New Zealand Heartland XV.

Teams:

Australia

15 Tom Banks, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Matt To’omua, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 David Pocock (captain), 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Luke Jones, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Rob Valetini, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 James O’Connor

Samoa

15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Belgium Tuatagaloa, 13 Alapati Leiua, 12 Reynold Lee-Lo, 11 Ed Fidow, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Scott Malolua, 8 Afaesetiti Amosa, 7 Jack Lam (captain), 6 TJ Ioane, 5 Kane Leaupepe, 4 Teofilo Paulo, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 1 Ray Niuia, 1 Jordan Lay

Substitutes: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Logovi'i Mulipola, 19 Josh Tyrell, 20 Seilala Lam, 21 Dwayne Polataivao, 22 AJ Alatimu, 23 Ah See Tuala

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