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  1. Samoa blow away the opposition

    Posted Mar 29th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay A tournament which began with fears about the air quality ended in Samoa taking the breath away with a wondrous come-from-behind performance to defeat New Zealand 24-21 in the Cup championship at the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens last night. It was Samoa's third IRB Sevens World Series title in a row and gave them the lead for the first time ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/709968/samoa-blow-away-opposition
  2. Sizzling Samoa out for Series hat-trick

    Posted Mar 26th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... and Adelaide have presented the juicy prospect of a hat-trick which would give Samoa the upper hand as the IRB Sevens winds down with the last two legs in London and Scotland. 'If we win in Hong ... be superb,' says Lalomilo. Samoa have never reached such rarified heights, normally occupied by eight times champions New Zealand, Fiji (once) and South Africa, the defending champions. 'The ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/709608/sizzling-samoa-out-series-hat-trick
  3. Big guns New Zealand, Samoa and Fiji fire warnings to rivals as battle hots up

    Posted Mar 27th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay It was all about putting down a marker for the next two days for the big boys yesterday. Like kings of the jungle, New Zealand, Samoa and Fiji- the top three teams in the IRB ... to be as accurate as you can and you have to be accurate to put 50 points on the board.' New Zealand overcame Taiwan 59-5 and Samoa shrugged off a more physical Italy 33-12 as the top two teams ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/709747/big-guns-new-zealand-samoa-and-fiji-fire-warnings-rivals-battle-hots
  4. Samoans 'must lift their game'

    Posted Mar 28th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Hat-trick hunting Samoa, the hottest team on the IRB Sevens World Series, have their work cut out to win the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens, coach Stephen Betham says. Betham was an unhappy man last night after Samoa surprisingly conceded a brace of tries to both Russia (24-12) and Argentina (21-14) in their final pool matches. And if the team ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/709854/samoans-must-lift-their-game
  5. Vulnerable Kiwis look to return to glory days

    Posted Mar 26th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Played five, won one, lost four. That is the sorry record New Zealand have against Samoa this season. But Kiwi skipper DJ Forbes laughs aside any suggestions the uncompromising islanders are a bogey side. 'In all fairness Samoa have played well, but in honesty, in a couple of finals where we met them, our boys didn't do well,' said Forbes. 'We ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/709610/vulnerable-kiwis-look-return-glory-days
  6. In-form Pesamino in the mood to try for world record

    Posted Mar 24th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... 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 ... 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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/709417/form-pesamino-mood-try-world-record
  7. Kiwi mastermind Tietjens shrugs off loss of Stowers

    Posted Mar 25th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... the experienced Lote Raikabula though injury. But Tietjens remained positive in view of his side's performance in Adelaide, where even though they were knocked out by Samoa in the Cup quarter-finals, ... potential here, we can give this tournament a good crack,' Tietjens said. Despite playing second fiddle to Samoa at the past two tournaments- in fact New Zealand have lost to Samoa four times ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/709513/kiwi-mastermind-tietjens-shrugs-loss-stowers
  8. Americans should learn from mistakes: coach

    Posted Mar 29th 2010, 12:00am by Michael Church

    ... and having the opportunity to face off against the strongest sides has reinforced the lessons he has been trying to teach his players. The US lost to eventual winners Samoa in the quarter-finals ... between teams who can win and those of who lose. 'Just like in our game against Samoa, against Australia we conceded four tries and three of them were from our mistakes,' he said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/709956/americans-should-learn-mistakes-coach
  9. England turn on the style

    Posted Dec 06th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Dressed to dazzle, England took the first step towards fulfilling skipper Ben Gollings' wish when they defeated Samoa 29-21 to win the Emirates Airlines Dubai Sevens. Having discarded ... a lot of games are being decided on the last throw of the dice.' The other semi-final also went down to the wire with a try by Fautua Otto giving Samoa a last-gasp 24-21 win over Fiji. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/732567/england-turn-style
  10. Last-minute magic sees England in semi-final

    Posted Dec 05th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... From camels and skydivers to jugglers and fire-breathers the party came to life as top guns New Zealand, England, Samoa and Fiji eased into the semi-finals at the Emirates Airlines Dubai ... easier against Wales and booked their semi-final berth with a 35-7 victory. In the other half of the draw, reigning HSBC Sevens World Series champions Samoa knocked off the US 38-5 while Fiji ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/732481/last-minute-magic-sees-england-semi-final

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