Samoa will target Wales - Richard Hibbard

Wales expect Samoa to look to twist the knife after Saturday's damaging defeat against Argentina at the Millennium Stadium.

While Rob Howley's side were going down 26-12, the islanders were destroying Canada 42-12 at Colwyn Bay, scoring five tries, four of them from their exciting wing discovery Robert Lilomaiava.

And Wales's players now reckon Kahn Fotuali'i, Census Johnston and Co will be scenting blood after the most dispiriting Welsh defeat since Warren Gatland took over in 2008.

"Samoa will target us," forecast Hibbard, who will hope to start in the encounter in Cardiff on Friday evening.

"They'll be looking for a good result and it will be tough, a really physical battle. Their players are hard-hitters, so we'll expect some big collisions.

"A lot of their squad play over here and we face them fairly regularly, so we know how good they are.

"This series just gets more and more physical."

The Samoans memorably won in Cardiff in 1991 and 1999, shocking Wales at World Cups, and they will be aiming to consolidate their position in the third pot of seeds for the next global tournament by toppling a side above them.


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