Samoa had Mose Maso sent to the sin bin in a first half against France that saw three other incidents placed on report.
Skipper Daniel Vidot had given the Samoans an early lead after picking up a Ben Roberts pass that had bounced before reaching the winger, Anthony Milford kicking the touchline conversion.
The Samoans then had Leeson Ah Mau and Sauaso Sue placed on reports, both for alleged late challenges on William Barthau who left the field after the second incident.
Frederic Vaccari and Vincent Duport conspired to blow an opportunity for France, knocking on in attempting to touch down a kick from Thomas Bosc.
Mose Maso was sin binned for a late challenge on Bosc; Joseph Leilua and Sia Soliola made try-saving tackles on the Samoan line but French eventually hit back when Tony Gigot, Jean-Philippe Baile and Morgan Escare linked on the right for the fullback to score. Bosc converted.
Two minutes befor the interval a three-man Samoan tackle on Jean-Philippe Baile saw the incident placed on report.