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.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk


Of the current crop of rugby commentators - across all languages - who is your favourite?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.