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  1. Samoans soak up soggy conditions

    Posted Mar 25th 2009, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... in wet conditions- the team with the best ball skills will win. But we've had some rain in Samoa and the guys will be used to it. Whatever the conditions, we'll be looking to keep ... in Hong Kong so I'd say they are favourites.' Two years ago Samoa beat old rivals Fiji 27-22 in the final, while last year they were beaten 12-10 by South Africa in the semis. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/674477/samoans-soak-soggy-conditions
  2. Hong Kong edged out of Cup by Fijians

    Posted Jan 25th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay A narrow loss to a Fijian select team - Uprising Beach Resort - saw Hong Kong missing out on a place in the Cup competition at the Heineken Hottest Sevens in Darwin yesterday. Hong Kong were edged out 21-17 by the Fijians, who finished second in the pool behind the tournament's second seeds, the Digicel Barbarians from Samoa. The Barbarians defeated Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/668130/hong-kong-edged-out-cup-fijians
  3. Underdogs have their day as big guns implode

    Posted Mar 08th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... out in the quarter-finals. The big guns fell like ninepins. First to go were New Zealand, the 2001 champions, who were edged out 15-14 by Wales. Next up were England, stunned by Samoa ... Zealand twice in three weeks is a huge boost for Welsh sevens.' If that shock wasn't enough, there was more to come as England were stunned by Samoa in sudden death. Samoa had taken ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/672480/underdogs-have-their-day-big-guns-implode
  4. Fiji boss backs kids to earn an education

    Posted Mar 29th 2009, 12:00am by Unus Alladin

    ... (Fjji have won nine Hong Kong Sevens and two World Cup titles here). Tanivula was sweating buckets after his squad held six-man Samoa to a 12-12 draw, having laboured to an unimpressive 26-17 ... desperate. We pushed the passes but we didn't concentrate well. Credit to the boys, though. We came back when we needed to,' said Tanivula, whose side trailed 12-7 against Samoa ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/674993/fiji-boss-backs-kids-earn-education
  5. Welsh wizards grab World Cup glory in thriller

    Posted Mar 08th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... a triumphant march that included shock wins over powerhouse nations New Zealand and Samoa. A sniping blindside run from Aled Thomas paved the way for the Welsh victory as he broke a 12-12 deadlock ... were New Zealand, the 2001 champions, who were edged out 15-14 by Wales. Next up were England, stunned by Samoa in extra-time, 31-26. Argentina then held their nerve to beat South Africa 14-12 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/672474/welsh-wizards-grab-world-cup-glory-thriller
  6. England seek redemption at Hong Kong Sevens

    Posted Mar 15th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... in a fortnight. Four-time champions England have made only one change to the squad who lost in sudden death to Samoa in the quarter-finals of the World Cup last week. Ben Jones replaces Italy-based Andy ... Drauniniu and Isoa Damudamu. Both players figured prominently in Dubai before Samoa pulled off a shock 31-26 win in sudden death. That loss has left England hungry for success in Hong Kong, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/673320/england-seek-redemption-hong-kong-sevens
  7. Concerted action needed on natural disasters

    Posted Oct 01st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the tsunami that hit Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga yesterday can be counted among them, as can the earthquake last night in Indonesia. Those in the path can be told to prepare. But such readiness ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/694156/concerted-action-needed-natural-disasters
  8. Favourites England and South Africa made to sweat by brave minnows

    Posted Mar 07th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay in Dubai Big guns England and South Africa were given huge scares before qualifying for the Cup quarter-finals at the World Cup yesterday. England will meet Samoa in the Cup ... led 12-5 at the break. The Kiwis had opened their campaign with a 42-0 win over Italy on the opening night. Samoa and Fiji, the other top Cup contenders also eased into the quarter-finals. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/672324/favourites-england-and-south-africa-made-sweat-brave-minnows
  9. England warn they will be firing on all cylinders

    Posted Mar 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... retained 10 of the squad who were favourites to win the World Cup before they stumbled to a 31-26 loss to Samoa in a tense quarter-final decided in sudden death extra-time. Ryan shook his head ... at the Hong Kong Sevens: Ben Gollings, wing Tom Varndell and scrumhalf Kevin Barrett. England panicked and lost their composure in the closing stages against Samoa and Ryan promised that same mistake ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/674223/england-warn-they-will-be-firing-all-cylinders
  10. Hong Kong On the World Stage

    Posted Mar 01st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ming-yin, Nigel D'Acre, Andrew Chambers, Mark Solomon and Rory Dickson Coach: Jim Rowark Results: Winless Pool play: Lost to Australia (29-5), USA (19-0), Portugal (26-0), Samoa (21-12), ... Litster, Stuart Krohn, Steve Burton, Ashley Billington, David Bulbeck, Adam Adair, Philippe Lacamp, Mark Thomas, Ian Strange Coach: George Simpkin Pool play: Lost to Western Samoa, England, Canada ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/671650/hong-kong-world-stage

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