Thursday, June 03, 2010
Samoa grabbed their first ever IRB World Series Sevens title on the weekend when they beat England in the semi final of the Edinburgh Sevens. They then went on to beat Australia 41-14 in the final, taking the Edinburgh title as well.
It was the final leg of the series, held in Murrayfield in front of a passionate crowd who got to see a feast of rugby over the two days in Scotlands capital.
The semifinal win over England was a classic, which will be featured here if the interest is high. They won that 15-12 in extra time, meaning they won the title as they couldnt be caught by their closest challengers, New Zealand.
For New Zealand to have won the series, they needed to win the tournament and hope that Samoa got knocked out before the final. This didnt happen, meaning its the first time that the Kiwis have not won a title in two years.
They lost 24-19 to Australia in their semifinal, but couldnt stand up to the might and pace of the Samoans in the final, where star player Mikaele Pesamino scored a hatrick.
"I'm still pretty lost for words. I'm sure they'll be partying back home now and I think they'll party all the way until we get back home," said Samoas coach Stephen Betham.