Manu Samoa 7s have beaten Fiji 28-7 in Singapore


The Manu Samoa 7s have broken a 15 match losing streak to beat Pacific brothers Fiji 28-7 in their second pool match at the Singapore 7s.

Muliagatele Brian Lima’s boys looked sharp and a lot more relaxed than they did last weekend when they faced the two-time Olympic champions in Hong Kong.

Samoa ran in four tries. Two of them to the elusive Paul Scanlan who crossed over in the first minute to put Samoa on the scoreboard first.

Tuna Tuitama, who ran in a high work rate in both attack and defense, crossed over two minutes later to put Samoa ahead by 14-0.

The boot of Neueli Leitufia secured both try conversions for Samoa.

Scanlan’s second try after halftime came off a brilliant pass from Malo Luteru who had come off the bench.

Moataa’s Paul Scanlan is now 4th on the world series Top Try Scorers table with 30 tries.

Still Top of the Table is Co-Captain Vaafauese Apelu-Maliko with 34.

Samoa’s last try came by an easy intercept to Faafoi Falaniko in the 14th minute, frustrating Fiji who had been desperate in attack.

Earlier in the day Samoa had won by a close margin of 28-24 to Spain in their first pool match.

The final pool match for Samoa is against Canada at 12:05am Sunday.

Samoa is currently 7th – with the race for Olympic qualification getting more intense with two more legs of the HSBC World 7s Series after Singapore.

The Top 4 teams will automatically qualify for the 2024 Olympics in France. If France end up in the Top 4, the the 5th place finisher gets in since France have already qualified as the Olympic hosts.

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