In-form Pesamino in the mood to try for world record
Mikaele Pesamino collects tries like an air purifier collects dust in Hong Kong. And yesterday, the Samoan warned that he was not done yet as he looks at breaking the IRB Sevens World Series record for most tries scored in a season.
'I'm looking forward to scoring more tries this weekend. My preparation has been 100 per cent,' said Pesamino, who has scored 39 tries this season, including 11 at last week's leg in Adelaide.
His words will be sweet music to Samoan fans but will grate like a jackhammer for the opposition this week.
Samoa, the form team at the moment, have arrived in Hong Kong on an unprecedented roll, having won two consecutive legs of the IRB Series for the first time. And Pesamino has been at his lethal best, scoring tries from all parts of the field.
'I train hard every day, even when the team have an off-day, and I'm in very good form at the moment. But everything I do is because of the team and we are playing really well. Hopefully the tries will keep coming,' Pesamino said.
The 25-year-old winger was on target twice in the Adelaide Sevens Cup final against the United States which Samoa won 38-10 last Sunday.
That brace took Pesamino's season tally to 39, just four short of the record high of 43 tries since the series started keeping records. That landmark is also held by Pesamino - in his debut season in 2006-07.
'That year I remember scoring a hat-trick in the last match in Hong Kong. I hope I can repeat it on Sunday,' Pesamino said.
Samoa won their second Hong Kong Sevens title in 2007 (the first was in 1993), defeating Fiji 27-22, thanks mainly to Pesamino's three-try burst in the first half. 'We have been successful this season mainly because we have a core of players who have been together for a long time now,' coach Steven Betham said. 'That continuity has helped us a great deal.
'On the day, any of the top six teams can beat each other. It all boils down to the team who make the least mistakes.'