Australia v Samoa - A Brief History
June 7, 2005

With Samoa facing the Wallabies in Melbourne on Saturday we outline the history of games between the two countries

1991: No tries but Wallabies defeat Samoa

Australia's first ever match against Samoa was during the 1991 Rugby World Cup in Pontypool, Wales in front of a crowd of 15,000.

In David Campese's 60th Test for Australia, a record at the time, the Wallabies won the tryless encounter 9-3 thanks to three penalty goals from flyhalf Michael Lynagh.

Captain and scrumhalf Nick Farr-Jones played his 50th Test that day, but the milestone would last only 10 minutes leaving the field with a knee injury.

The inaugural Test with Samoa would be the last for loosehead prop Cameron Lillicrap in a career spanning seven seasons and seven caps.

Lillicrap is currently working as one of two physiotherapists with the 2005 Wallabies as well as undertaking a scrum coaching role with the team.

1994: Wallabies defeat Samoa in dominant 70 point victory

After a tryless Test in 1991, Australia defeated Samoa 73-3 in the 1994 Sydney Football Stadium clash with a 20-year-old scrumhalf George Gregan, scoring his first Test try in only his third cap.

Gregan's five-pointer was one of 11 for the Wallabies, while David Campese recorded a record 60th Test try from only 85 caps.

Interestingly, Samoa had defeated Five Nations Champions Wales, 34-9 earlier that year, but would prove no match for the Australians,

At the time, the victory was heavily praised by centre Jason Little, and was also the Wallabies highest Test score and biggest winning margin.

1998: Experience too strong for visiting Samoans

The 1998 World Cup Qualifier in front of a Ballymore crowd of less than 10,000 saw Australia's most capped Test XV at the time, defeat Samoa 25-13, three tries to two.

For Samoa, who had shown mixed form coming into the match with a less than impressive win over Tonga and then going down to Fiji in an upset, they did manage to cross the line twice.

While for Australia, not only did the starting fifteen total 549 Test caps, but the win saw the Wallabies qualify for a place in Pool E at the 1999 World Cup, alongside Ireland, Romania and the United States.

Australian prop and current Channel Seven commentator, Dan Crowley crossed for his first and only Test try from 38 caps, while captain John Eales scored 10 points with two penalty goals and two conversions.

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