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Samoa mauls penalty-plagued Chile in Rugby World Cup opening win

BORDEAUX, France (AP) — Samoa started its Rugby World Cup campaign by slowly but surely overwhelming debutant Chile 43-10 in a game drawn out by penalties and punishments on Saturday.

After conceding an early try and leading only 19-10 at the interval, Samoa pulled away after the break with three tries from rolling mauls.

Samoa’s tries went to fullback Duncan Paia’aua right on the first-half buzzer. Blond-mulleted scrumhalf Jonathan Taumateine, flanker Fritz Lee and hooker Sama Malolo, twice, all dotted down in the second half.

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