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Wales finally beat Samoa in World Cup

Updated: September 18, 2011, 01:26

HAMILTON, New Zealand(AP) Wales beat Samoa 17-10 on Sunday for the first time in World Cup history to take a major step toward making the quarterfinals.

Wales had to grind out the victory from a 10-6 deficit at halftime, pulling ahead with two penalties by replacement kicker Rhys Priestland then scoring the decisive try 12 minutes from the end to Shane Williams, the diminutive winger's 55th in his 83rd tests.

The win finally ended Wales' hoodoo against the Pacific islanders, who had humbled them in the 1991 and 1999 World Cups.

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