The full back started the clash in Toronto that continued Samoa’s unbeaten run in this year’s competition.
After having the better of the scoring in the first half, Canada led 13-3 going into the break. But this gave no hint of the drama which was to come.
Anthony Perenise grabbed a try to reduce the deficit, with Benson Stanley landing the conversion and two penalties to take his team in front for the first time. But then it was Canada’s turn to cross the whitewash, Phil MacKenzie going over for a try that – combined with James Pritchard’s conversion – put the hosts four points clear with just five minutes to play.
However Samoa did not let their heads drop and kept on playing, and their attitude was rewarded in the final play of the game as prop Zak Taulafo went over for the match-winning score.
Samoa play Fiji in Vancouver in the Pacific Nations Cup final on Monday evening. Tuala, who has played in both of Samoa’s wins but who missed the 30-all draw against Fiji earlier this week, will be hoping to continue his run in the team that has added to his tally of caps ahead of the final squad selection for Rugby World Cup 2015.
For the latest news and highlights head to www.worldrugby.org/pnc
And you can see Samoa, Fiji and Canada in action right here in the East Midlands this October, with all three teams playing at stadiummk in the Rugby World Cup group stages. For the latest ticket information head to www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets