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Live Reporting

By Rob Stevens

All times stated are UK

  1. Sayonara


    That is it for our live coverage of Russia against Samoa - thanks for joining me.

    Remember to keep checking the BBC Sport website for the latest news from the Rugby World Cup.

    And, if you're a podcast fan, BBC Radio 5 Live's Rugby Union Weekly will keep you up to date with all the talking points from Japan.

    The rugby continues with Fiji against Uruguay tomorrow - set your alarms early and see you then.

  2. Recap: Samoa open with win over Russia

    FT: Russia 9-34 Samoa

    If you are just joining us, you missed a hard-fought encounter in today's only Rugby World Cup match.

    Samoa managed to recover from trailing at half-time to beat Russia.

    Click the link below to read the report of today's Pool A game in Kumagaya.

    Samoa recover from slow start to beat Russia

    Ed Fidow

    Samoa recover from a half-time deficit and going down to 13 men to beat a spirited Russian side in their opening World Cup game.

    Read more
  3. Coming up....


    That is almost it for our coverage today.

    There is just one pool game tomorrow too, as Fiji take on Uruguay in Pool D at quarter past six in the morning.

    There will, of course, be live text and radio commentary of that match available on the BBC Sport website.

    England, meanwhile, are back in action against USA on Thursday (11:45 BST).

  4. 'This could be a springboard for Russia'

    FT: Russia 9-34 Samoa

    Natasha Hunt

    England World Cup winning scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Coaches look for work rate and relentless nature and I think the Russians have got that mindset in abundance especially that starting 15.

    This could be a huge springboard for them.

  5. Samoa top Pool A

    FT: Russia 9-34 Samoa

    That win takes Samoa up to the top of Pool A, narrowly ahead of Ireland on points difference.

    Next up for Samoa is Scotland on Monday morning.

    The Pacific Islanders might fancy their chances after Scotland lost to Ireland on Sunday.

    Steve Jackson's men weren't totally convincing against the Russians though.

    They'll need to improve their discipline, otherwise they will be punished by the Tier One nations.

    Pool A
  6. Referees under spotlight again

    FT: Russia 9-34 Samoa

    Samoa took control of that match in the second half.

    But the Russians might complain about the refereeing.

    First Rey Lee-Lo and then Motu Matu'u avoided red cards for high tackles on Vasily Artemyev in the first half.

    Samoa then pressed home their advantage early in the second half when Russia were down to 14 men.

  7. 'Fair play to Samoa'

    FT: Russia 9-34 Samoa

    Natasha Hunt

    England World Cup winning scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    You could see the difference in the gulf between the starters and the finishers in this Russia squad, there seems to be so much more about them when they start a match, they went after Samoa but fair play to Samoa to come out of the game with the win.

  8. Samoa hit back to win

    FT: Russia 9-34 Samoa

    Here are the full-time stats via our colleagues at Opta.

    FT action
  9. Full-time: Russia 9-34 Samoa


    Samoa celly

    The conversion attempt is wide of the posts, but Samoa have done the job.

    They get their World Cup campaign off to a start with a bonus-point win.

    Russia fall to their second defeat in Pool A.

  10. Try: Russia 9-34 Samoa

    Alapati Leiua

    Samoa finish with a sixth try.

    The ball is spread wide to Alapati Leiua, who hands off one Russian defender and then sprints past flat-footed skipper Vasily Artemyev on the touchline.

    He dots down in the right-hand corner for his second score of the game.

    Leiua 2nd try
  11. Post update

    Russia 9-29 Samoa

    A Russian handling error in midfield gives Samoa a scrum.

    The Bears have, somewhat understandably, run out of puff in the second half.

  12. Post update

    Russia 9-29 Samoa


    Tagir Gadzhiev powers at the Samoa defence from the line-out, but the whistle goes for crossing.

    The Samoan celebrate that decision heartily. They are almost there.

  13. Post update

    Russia 9-29 Samoa

    Another Russian scrum, but they still can't find the inspiration to unlock the Samoa defence.

    The Bears get another penalty and go for the corner in an attempt to finish with a flourish.

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    Franko: Think they need to reconsider the five in a group for future World Cups. How is it fair that a team that played Friday is coming up against fresh opposition?

    Pierre: Samoa look indisciplined and slow, but Russia looks like a team that doesn't know the rules.

  15. Post update

    Russia 9-29 Samoa

    The Russians get the ball out of the scrum but then Vitaly Zhivatov lets it slip out of his arms in contact.

    Samoa kick away but Russia get hands back on the ball, but they've been pushed back towards halfway.

  16. No try

    Russia 9-29 Samoa

    The Russian player does look like he got over the line.

    But the grounding is not clear. Was his own hand underneath the ball?

    Either way, Romain Poite gives the scrum fives metres out. Prop Azamat Bitiev is on for the final nine minutes.

  17. 'Samoa need to sort out driving maul'

    Russia 9-29 Samoa

    Natasha Hunt

    England World Cup winning scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    If Samoa want to do battle with the likes of Ireland and Scotland then they need to sort their driving maul out because that is such a weapon.

    If you've got a driving maul that is really strong then it is so difficult to defend, you can not give a penalty away anywhere in your own half.

    It's something that they definitely need to focus on moving through the group stages.

  18. Try review

    Russia 9-29 Samoa

    Russia just cannot find a way through.

    They are about one or two metres away but Samoa keep tackling and denying them.

    Suddenly the Bears cross, and Romain Poite thinks the ball is held up.

    But we'll have another look via the TMO.

  19. Post update

    Russia 9-29 Samoa

    Russia continue to pick and drive, but can't find a way through the Samoa defence.

    They are not creating enough, and the Samoans can deal with what is being thrown at them.

    But a Samoan defender is offside, and Russia kick for the corner again.