2 Jul 2012

Sport: American Samoa lose World Champs opener

10:49 am on 2 July 2012

American Samoa have lost their opening match at the World Under 19 American Football Championships in Austin, Texas.

The territory were outclassed 27-6 by hosts the United States, with Howard Tautu scoring the visitors sole touchdown.

Shalom Luani was named American Samoa Team MVP after averaging 35.5 yards per punt and recording four tackles along with his first down run on the fake punt.

The win at Burger Stadium moves the United States into a second-round game against Austria, while American Samoa will face Panama on Tuesday local time.