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  1. Samoa get job done with minimum fuss

    Posted Mar 29th 2008, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... John Carney Samoa got their title defence off to the best possible start with a 35-7 victory over Sri Lanka in pool B, although they know bigger challenges lie ahead. The Samoans never had ... outpaced the Samoan cover at least got the Lankans on the scoreboard in the second half, but that was as good as it got. For Samoa coach Rudolf Moors the fact his side completed their first match ...

  2. Holders Samoa primed after beachside bootcamp

    Posted Mar 28th 2008, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... John Carney It is said that it is harder to defend a title successfully than to win it, and no one knows this better than Samoa. The Samoans come to Hong Kong as champions after ... Moors pushed his squad to the limit during training on Maninoa Beach, Siumu, Samoa where his players underwent intense strength training, which included carrying two 20kg sand bags above ...

  3. Samoans keeping low

    Posted Mar 26th 2008, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... John Carney Defending Hong Kong Sevens champions they may be, but Samoa still have to get used to being in the limelight. In their only public engagement before the tournament kicks off ... of things has never been Samoa's style. But that's not to say they aren't determined to hang on to the title they won last year by beating Fiji 27-22 in the final. 'When we won ...

  4. Sighs of relief as England avoid slipping up against Canada

    Posted Mar 29th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... of that one,' said England coach Ben Ryan. Ryan's biggest hurdle today will be to settle the nerves of his young team before they come up against defending champions Samoa. 'The Samoans are around the corner and this will be a crucial match as it will virtually decide the pool. It is a winner-take-all game,' said Ryan. If England lose to Samoa, they will have to finish as one ...

  5. Double jeopardy

    Posted Mar 30th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay England eke out victory against Samoa - and now they have to do it all over again Like a recurring nightmare, sentimental favourites England will once again meet Samoa ... Africa take on Australia while, in Groundhog Day fashion, the defending champions Samoa front-up against England. It was skin-of-the-teeth stuff, with Simon Hunt the hero for a young England ...

  6. Four out of four- New Zealand's perfect path to Hong Kong Stadium

    Posted Mar 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Dubai December 1- beat Fiji But what a scare- having led 26-0 31-21 George December 8- beat Fiji Easier- but Fiji have two sin-binned 34-7 Wellington February 2- beat Samoa Victor Vito's try makes the difference 22-17 San Diego February 10- beat South Africa Thrash Fiji and Kenya on the way 27-12 ...

  7. England say sorry for spoiling party

    Posted Mar 31st 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay A dejected England camp said sorry to their legions of fans after failing to get past Samoa in the Cup quarter-finals. But they promised to come back older and wiser next ... at winning this tournament and it seems a long time to wait.' Less than 24 hours after beating Samoa 7-5 in pool competition, four-time champions England couldn't repeat. They lost 17-12 ...

  8. Tough tussle for Sevens crown

    Posted Mar 27th 2008, 12:00am by Rebecca Tsui

    ... Rebecca Tsui Defending champs Samoa face the ultimate test as annual rugby showpiece kicks off tomorrow at Hong Kong Stadium Twenty-four teams will battle it out in the annual rugby ... Africa, are in third place with 44 points. Defending Hong Kong Sevens champions Samoa, who reached their first cup final of the season in Wellington, are fourth on 38 points. New Zealand, the top ...

  9. Bone-breaker Lima sheds his hard-man image

    Posted Mar 29th 2008, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... rearranged the bones of his victims. Lima made his debut for Manu Samoa in 1990 and featured in the famous World Cup win over Wales in 1991. He was the youngest player at the 1991 Rugby World Cup. He ... was definitely one of the highlights of my career,' he said. 'We were the first Samoa team to win the title and it was the first time the tournament had been held at Hong Kong Stadium. ...

  10. Fiji's title hopes dented by star Naevo's absence

    Posted Mar 18th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... even without him,' said Fijian playmaker William Ryder, who like Naevo plays corporate rugby in Japan. Fiji were beaten 27-22 by Samoa in last year's final. They are in third place in the IRB Sevens standings, 36 points behind unbeaten New Zealand who have won all four legs so far. South Africa are second, 32 points adrift of the Kiwis. 'That defeat to Samoa still hurts ...




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