Dubai - Pre-tournament favourites New Zealand lost unexpectedly to Samoa in the final of Dubai Sevens on Saturday.
The Sevens Stadium in Dubai, Gordon Tietjens's side lost 26-15, just a
few hours after their 15-a-side World Cup winning side had slumped to a
38-21 defeat to England at Twickenham.
It was the third time Samoa
had reached the final in Dubai, but the first time they had taken
victory having lost championship matches in 2009 and 2010.
The 2009 loss had come to the All Blacks, who have won the title five times in Dubai.
found their inspiration in Paul Perez, whose two early tries - the
first one coming as early as the 14th second - gave the champions a
12-0 advantage, with Patrick Faapale completing the second conversion.
from Ben Lam and Kiwi captain DJ Forbes made it 19-10 at the break, and
Kurt Baker reduced the deficit to just four points, but Forbes spilled a
pass for Tulolo Tulolo to score and Faapale converted to give his side a
lead that they did not relinquish.
New Zealand reached the final after defeating Kenya 27-7, while Samoa beat France 12-5 in their semi-final.
the quarter-finals, France scored the biggest upset when they beat
Fiji, winners of the first leg of IRB Sevens Series in Australia, 8-5.
moved ahead with a 19-7 win over Wales, while Portugal, who created the
biggest upset on the opening day qualifying from their pool ahead of
defending champions England and South Africa, could not produce the same
magic against New Zealand and lost 28-7.
Kenya beat Canada in the fourth quarter-final 19-7.
The third round of the series takes place in Port Elizabeth next weekend.
Results on Saturday from the Dubai
Sevens, the second leg of the IRB sevens world series:
France 8, Fiji 5
Samoa 19, Wales 7
Kenya 19, Canada 7
New Zealand 28, Argentina 7
Samoa 12, France 5
New Zealand 27, Kenya 7
Samoa 26, New Zealand 15
Wales 27, Fiji 5
Canada 28, Portugal 12
FinalWales 21, Canada 14
Argentina 24, England 14
Scotland 29, Australia 14
South Africa 25, Russia 12
United States 14, Spain 12
South Africa 22, United States 12
Argentina 12, Scotland 5
FinalArgentina 14, South Africa 10
Spain 26, Russia 24
England 40, Australia 12
England 26, Spain 5
1. New Zealand 38 points
2. Fiji 32 (tie). Kenya 32
4. Samoa 32
5. France 27
6. South Africa 24
7. Argentina 21
8. Wales 18
9. Canada 17
10. Australia 11 (tie). Portugal 11