Manu Samoa has lost its opening match of the Pacific Nations, 22-24 to the Flying Fijians in Suva.
Down 24-3 at one stage, the Chris Vui-captained team clawed their way back to finish within a whisker of upsetting the home team.
Samoa scored their tries through Melani Matavao, Jack Lam and Dwayne Polataivao.
A couple of missed penalties and conversions would have made a big difference in the scoreline.
Fiji had three players sent to the bin on three separate occasions but Samoa failed to capitalise. That coupled with a number of unforced errors came back to haunt the men in blue in the end.
Details in tomorrow’s Samoa Observer.