Samoa take Hong Kong Sevens

2010-03-28 14:23

Hong Kong - New Zealand collapsed after a perfect start to hand Samoa a 24-21 victory and the Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday in a repeat of the Las Vegas final to edge ahead in the IRB World Series.

The Kiwis, holders of nine previous Hong Kong titles, were unable to avenge their defeat to Samoa in the US in February, leaving the Pacific islanders to take the glory in a thrilling finale in front of a 40,000 capacity crowd.

New Zealand drew first blood with quick scores under the posts for Kurt Baker, the four-try star of the Kiwis' semi-final win, and were 14-0 up before Samoa had even touched the ball.

But the pre-tournament form team drew level at 14-14 by half-time with Simaika Mikaele forcing his way through from close range out wide to open Samoa's account.

Scoring machine Mikaele Pesamino broke through to touch down under the posts for the Samoans to hand them the initiative immediately after the break.

New Zealand could have levelled the tie again through DJ Forbes but Australian referee Andrew Lees missed what looked like an obvious off-the-ball foul on the veteran forward as he hared after his own up-and-under.

Pesamino seized the initiative for Samoa, breaking one tackle to score under the posts after taking the ball at speed in midfield, putting the Pacific islanders 24-14 ahead.

New Zealand weren't finished and replied under the posts with the last move of the game.

Hong Kong took the fourth-tier shield final to rapturous applause and a standing ovation, beating Russia 19-17.

Canada took the third-tier bowl while Australia won the consolation plate competition.

Samoa, who last won in Hong Kong in 2007, had held off England in the semi-finals 28-24.

New Zealand were also pushed to the limit against defending champions Fiji in a festival of running rugby which proved to be the most entertaining game of the competition.

Star of their semi-final was Baker, who crossed the line four times as the Kiwis edged the creative and powerful Fijians 33-28.

The showpiece is the sixth stop on the eight-leg Sevens World Series with further tournaments to come in England and Scotland.

Finals results:


Samoa 24, New Zealand 21


Australia 12, South Africa 5


Canada 35, Wales 19


Hong Kong 19, Russia 17


  • marco - 2010-03-28 17:29

    Paul Treu is a disgrace and I really wonder why the hell he keeps his job.The "Blitzbokke" won't even finnish in the top 4 come Edinburgh 29/30 May 2010.Three times in a row now they've lost to Australia this year in the Plate Final so what does that tell you about Treu's work,that it's rubbish.Australia Sevens is a below midtable team at best but find themselves well above the socalled Blitzbokke and what makes that worse is the fact that the Boks can't even beat them which show's you just how pathetic they have become under rubbish Treu.Can't believe they won the Overall Sevens Title last season-must have been a fluke.

  • Eric Suhren - 2010-03-28 21:19

    Samoa played a superb game agains the Kiwis on the final. Now winners of three straight IRB tournaments in a row, hopefully they continue there momentum and drive to hoist the IRB series cup after season end. Great job Samoa

  • Elesi - 2010-03-28 22:20

    Wow!!!!!!!a fantastic win between samoa and New zealand..As you see samoa will never back down on New zealand..Samoa is very intellingent team as they play using their minds not the speed..So now became the third champion ever this season ...Lolo the captain ,Uale Mai,Faosiliva,Mikaele Pesamino and the rest of the team, Well Done to you all!!!!!!!!!!Especially the Coach as well!!!!!!

  • Mani - 2010-03-29 02:00

    three in a row.....fabulous...fabulous.....malo le tau e sii ita ma tuu i luga o le maa salafa....malo fai ole faiva....tamasamoa saasaamaia laia ae sei ou pese...Le Feepo ua pati taoto ae o alofaiva ana tamafanau..... We love you always..this is something very special to all of us...Great win over NZ in USA, Perfect win in Adelaide agaisnt USA...and a marvelous WIN over the Kiwi again in Hong Kong. I think the kiwi should changed there skills of how to play the game. they did well in the start but i think the Samoan protein is even stronger than the palagi(white) protein. Lets go the taro and the popo...pawpaw...fresh of the pawpaw..Malo SAMOA lou faaeaea atunuu.... God bless all of you....mwahhhhh

  • AthenaIupati - 2010-03-29 02:27

    ilovesamoa.... malo le kaalo ..... (: thanks faaw makin our country PROUD :D i jusd couldnt believe eht ... MaloLavaLeFaamalosi..

  • cinta - 2010-03-29 10:22

    Wow! Go Samoa my beautiful country. A BIG scream for the boys congratulations you did it again! awesome!

  • risa - 2010-03-29 23:50

    Congratulation boys!..malo le tau.malo loto nuu. malo boys and management. you have done a great job and we are proud of you. let us give thanks to our lovely Father above for his protection and strength that allow you to make it this far. malo lava!

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  • ben - 2010-03-30 03:27

    yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy we won samoa is the best

  • Vivienne - 2010-03-30 14:29

    Onest 2 hu!!!! Malo lava le faamalosi.....GO SAMOA HARD CORE!!!!! TRUE SAMOA REPREZENTZ

  • sammy - 2010-04-01 00:44

    wow!!! three in a row,well seki a Samoa!!,a big faamalo to the make ai a Niu Sila.Oh! and my advice to Kurt Baker of NZ ,"loose the attitude bro" coz it was really but you into shame afterwards.

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