Samoa stun Blitzboks at Paris Sevens

2016-05-15 11:59
Ruhan Nel (Gallo Images)

Cape Town -  Samoa have stunned the Blitzboks at the Paris Sevens, running out deserved 21-10 winners in a quarter-final encounter. 

The Blitzboks got off to a flying start with Ruhan Nel scoring an unconverted try within the first minute as he forced his way over the line after an early penalty. 

Samoa took the lead through a converted long-range effort from Ed Fidow and although both sides had further chances, the islanders went into the break with a slender 7-5 lead.

In the second half, Samoa extended their lead with tries by Alefosio Tapili and captain Falemiga Selesele.

They led 21-5 with just three minutes to play and with the Blitzboks left with a mountain to climb. 

Nel scored his second of the match with just a minute remaining, but it was too little too late as Samoa pulled of a massive upset, holding on to run out 21-10 winners.

They will now face Argentina while the Blitzboks will move into the plate section of the competition where they will face New Zealand.


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