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Friday, February 19, 2010

Samoa's victorious USA Sevens campaign

Samoa's victorious USA Sevens campaign

If you haven't yet seen what happened at the inaugural Las Vegas Sevens tournament in the USA, here's a clip that features the best of the winners, Samoa, in action throughout the weekend.

Beating New Zealand emphatically in the final, the 33-12 win in front of a whole host of fans made up for their loss a week prior, against Fiji in Wellington.

They've now also moved up into second place on the IRB Sevens World Series standings, ahead of Fiji but still behind New Zealand, who are on the top of the table.

Star of the tournament Mikaele Pesamino scored a hat trick in the final, following on from scoring an incredible eight tries on day one, including a hat trick against Scotland and five against Chile, taking him to 11 tries for the two day tournament.

With his 11 tries, Pesamino surpassed countryman Uale Mai as Samoa's all time leading try scorer on the Sevens circuit. He is now fourth on the all time list at 123, behind Fabian Juries who is on 173, Ben Gollings on 193, and Santiago Gomez Cora who tops the list at 227.

You can see Samoa's run to the final in this video, as well as the final itself. Enjoy.


Time: 04:24
Note: Thanks to the IRB.

Posted at 4:16 pm | 13 comments

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sebastian February 19, 2010 3:44 pm

first

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Anonymous February 19, 2010 3:58 pm

wow arent u cool

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mitch February 19, 2010 3:59 pm

It's good to see another pacific team beating New Zealand. But Wales are still world champions.

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Anonymous February 19, 2010 5:28 pm

lol @ mitch i think Samoa is the only pacific islander who been givin NZ the beating :) not once not twice but three times a lady lol wales sucks!

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Darren February 19, 2010 6:09 pm

Fiji has given NZ it's fair share of hidings. Pity Samoa's 15 code is wank. That Pessamino has blistering pace, thought a Super 14 team would have picked him up a few seasons ago, he's a raw talent.

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vinniechan February 20, 2010 5:03 pm

Las Vegas seems a good venue for 7's and the crowd look pretty good as well.

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Anarchangel February 21, 2010 8:24 pm

Congratulations to Samoa, they always have a lot of support at the USA Sevens and it looks like this year was no exception.

It's great that the fans can run onto the field, but the crowd looks smaller than the past few San Diego fixtures. Does anyone have any comparative information on crowd figures? I personally hope the move back to SD as it would make it a lot easier to me to attend!

@mitch: Wales are world champions at what?

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granite February 21, 2010 11:10 pm

As an aussie, that highlight of the Samoa vs Aus game was exciting. I can't believe Samoa made those conversions!!!

Are there many samoans based in the US? There's more support there than I would have guessed.

Also, good to see Australia doing better this year!

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simz February 21, 2010 11:16 pm

Great win for the boys. good to see they are showing better form this year.
Wales are currently 7's world champs. it's a pity that their side right now can't buy a win, but hey, they won where it mattered right?
Samoa's 15 man team are off right now, but to say they are rank is pretty harsh. there are all sorts of aspects to this.. politics, money etc but i'm not going to wage into all of that jazz.
Samoa keep doing what you're good at. playing rugby and producing some of the best talent to ever play this wonderful game.

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Anonymous February 22, 2010 3:38 am

@ granite

Australia is improving and might be the team to beat in the future...

American samoa and Samoa people in the US they support Samoa 7's when they come down...

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M February 23, 2010 1:46 pm

Loving the samoa shirts

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Anarchangel February 24, 2010 6:16 am

Wikipedia says there are approximately 70,000 Samoans in the US, and I bet they're mostly on the west coast. There are a lot of good Samoan players in the NFL too.

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Anonymous May 23, 2010 9:46 pm

wales = world champion sheep shaggers

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