Samoa

PNG leading Samoans 2-0 in first half

Thirteen minutes into the game, PNG flanker Micheal Foster found an opening to belt a powerful right footy into the goal to lead 1-0.

Samoans fought hard to cross into the PNG territory but faced a strong Komolong-brother combination that held them off the half-way line.

Raymond Gunemba then bagged the second goal for PNG in the 32nd minute with a stunning dribble in front of the goal mouth, avoiding the Samoan opponents before slotting it behind the net for 2-nil.

PNG belts Samoa 8-0

After leading 2-0 at half time, the host team added six more goals on the board, beating the helpless Samoans in a one-sided match.

PNG’s flanker Michael Foster opened the second half with his second goal before striker Nigel Dabinyaba added another point for a clear 4-0 lead.

Raymond Gunemba finds the net once again after a cross for his second to put PNG on the line for a decider to qualify as forward Koriak Upaiga sealed the deal with a chip over the goalkeeper for a 6-0 lead.

Samoa stun Fiji to win Paris 7s

It's the first tournament victory for the Manu since Dubai in 2012 and reverses a 42-5 hiding suffered at the hands of their Pacific rivals in pool play a day earlier.

Head coach Damian McGrath was full of praise for his players.

"I never in my wildest dreams when we woke up this morning thought that we could go through the day. We played three probably the most physical teams here in South Africa, Argentina and then Fiji and to put in the sort of performance that we did made me really proud."

Pacific Islands prepare for league test match blockbuster

Nearly 50 of the players involved are already on NRL rosters. 

Saturday’s blockbuster schedule will see the Junior Kangaroos take on their Kiwi counterparts, before Fiji and Papua New Guinea lock horns. 

Samoa will clash with Tonga in the second test. 

“It’s definitely going to be physical, no player is going to be holding back, it’s just the history of the two nations," Samoa captain Frank Pritchard told SBS News. 

"Come Saturday I’m sure there will be a lot of fans running on the ground at the end of the game.” 

Amos not as severe says Samoa meteorology service

It says the tropical cyclone warning category two for Samoa in now cancelled.

But a tropical cyclone warning category one in remains in effect for the eastern side of Upolu.

At 4am local time, tropical Cyclone Amos Category three was about 95 kilometres east of Faleolo or 72 kilometres east of Apia.

Tropical cyclone Amos is moving east-southeast at 30 kilometres an hour and is weakening slowly.

Forecasters predict sustained winds of 148 kilometres an hour close to the centre, easing to 130 kilometres an hour in the next 12 hours.

Fiji Warriors crowned Pacific Challenge champions

A clinical display by the brave Warriors helped the side thrash Samoa A 36-0 at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay, Suva.

Fiji Warriors scored four tries and a penalty try also helped seal the impressive win. The tries were scored by right winger Nacani Wakaya, left winger Lepani Raiyala, lock Mataiasi Ucutabua and inside centre Frederick Hickes.

Fullback Kitione Ratu was successful with two conversions. Captain Peni Ravai's boys displayed quality rugby to demolish the Samoans. Fiji Warriors led 16-0 at halftime.

Independent Comedy "Three Wise Cousins" Scores in New Zealand and moves onto Aust

"Three Wise Cousins" came in at number seven, earning about two hundred thousand dollars in two weeks on just eight screens.

Third MP quits in Samoa

On the first day of debate for the ruling HRPP government's last supplementary budget for 2015 to 2016, one government MP Alo Fulifuli Taveuveu has announced his resignation and will not contest in the upcoming general election.

The MP for Anoama'a i Sasa'e constituency says he will not seek re-election because of his poor health.

This comes after one of the Tautua Samoa opposition party MPs, Toeleutu Voi, from the Faasaleleaga number three constituency announced his resignation last month.

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