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Paris 7s: Samoa defeats Fiji after thrilling comeback in Cup final

Samoa beat the Vodafone Fiji 7s team 29-26 to win their first Cup of the 2015/16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens with a stunning second-half comeback in Paris this morning. Fiji dominated the opening 10 minutes at a jam-packed Stade Jean Bouin, with tries from Isake Katonibau, Leone Nakarawa, and Jerry Tuwai. Belgium Tuatagaloa clawed one back for Samoa, before […]

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May 16, 2016 12:45 pm

Samoa beat the Vodafone Fiji 7s team 29-26 to win their first Cup of the 2015/16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens with a stunning second-half comeback in Paris this morning.

Samoa's Captain Faalemiga Selesele with the ball. (Martin Lima)
Samoa’s Captain Faalemiga Selesele with the ball as Vodafone Fiji 7s Captain Osea Kolinisau and Vatemo Ravouvou defend. (Martin Lima)

Fiji dominated the opening 10 minutes at a jam-packed Stade Jean Bouin, with tries from Isake Katonibau, Leone Nakarawa, and Jerry Tuwai.

Belgium Tuatagaloa clawed one back for Samoa, before Tuwai added another, making it 26-7 at half time.

However after a rousing team talk from head coach Damian McGrath, Samoa began to fight back in the second half, with two tries from Mealoi closing the gap to 26-17 with just over four minutes remaining.

Siaosi Asofolau kept the momentum going for Samoa and in the dying seconds captain Faalemiga Selesele finished off the match to give Samoa a historic win.

It was Samoa’s first Cup win since Dubai in 2012, Samoan captain Falemiga Selesele was the Player of the Final.

Fiji will travel to London for the last tournament of this years’ World Sevens Series.

Fiji leads the World Rugby Series Table with 166 points, South Africa is in second place with 152 points and New Zealand is in third place with 145 points.

(World Rugby)
(World Rugby)

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team have defeated France 22-5 in the Cup quarterfinal of the HSBC Paris 7s.

Vodafone Fiji 7s Captain Osea Kolinisau shakes France's Terry Bouhraoua's hand at the Paris 7s. (Martin Lima)
Vodafone Fiji 7s Captain Osea Kolinisau shakes France’s Terry Bouhraoua’s hand at the Paris 7s. (Martin Lima)

Fiji will now face Samoa in the Paris 7s final at 4:15am.

Fiji led 7-5 at half time.

Fiji scored four tries with captain Osea Kolinisau scoring twice while Josua Tuisova and Vatemo Ravouvou each scored a try.

Samoa defeated Argentina 14-12 in the first semifinal.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team will play France in the Cup semi-final after defeating Australia 17-15 in the last Cup quarterfinal of the Paris7s.

Australia's Ed Jenkins shakes Vodafone Fiji 7s Captain Osea Kolinisau at the Paris 7s. (Martin Lima)
Australia’s Ed Jenkins shakes Vodafone Fiji 7s Captain Osea Kolinisau at the Paris 7s. (Martin Lima)

Fiji will meet tournament host France in the second Cup semi-final at 1:25am tomorrow.

Australia led 15-5 at half time.

Both teams scored three tries each.

Leone Nakarawa scored Fiji’s first try, other tries were scored by Jasa Veremalua and Samisoni Viriviri.

In the other cup quarterfinals, Argentina beat New Zealand 19-17, Samoa defeated South Africa 21-10, and hosts France thrashed Kenya 24-5.

Argentina will play Samoa in the first Cup semi-final at 1:03am tomorrow.

The Cup final will kick off at 4:15am.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team thrashed Samoa 42-5 in their last pool match to top pool B of the Paris 7s.

Jasa Veremalua on the attack against Samoa. (Martin Lima)
Jasa Veremalua on the attack against Samoa. (Martin Lima)

The national side scored six tries to Samoa’s one.

Fiji led 21-0 at half time.

Josua Tuisova, Jasa Veremalua, Leone Nakarawa, Amenoni Nasilasila each scored a try while Waisea Nayacalevu scored twice.

Fiji will play Australia in the cup quarterfinals at 10:19pm tonight.

In other quarterfinals, New Zealand will meet Argentina at 9:13pm, South Africa will take on Samoa while France will face Kenya at 9:57pm.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team defeated Wales 33-14 in their second pool match at the HSBC Paris 7s.

Samisoni Viriviri. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP)
Samisoni Viriviri. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP)

Fiji led 21-7 at half time.

Fiji scored five tries to Wales two.

Josua Tuisova scored the first try in the first minute, Captain Osea Kolinisau scored the scored try followed by another try by Josua Tuisova.

Other tries were scored by Samisoni Viriviri and Kitione Taliga.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team defeated Scotland 38-12 in their first pool match at the HSBC Paris 7s this morning.

Leone Nakarawa with the ball during Fiji's first pool match against Scotland at HSBC Paris Sevens. (Martin Lima)
Leone Nakarawa with the ball during Fiji’s first pool match against Scotland at HSBC Paris Sevens. (Martin Lima)

Fiji led 21-5 at half time.

Fiji scored six tries to Scotland’s two.

Josua Tuisova scored the first try in the first minute and another from Jerry Tuwai’s offload.

Samisoni Viriviri scored two tries and managed to reach the 100 tries score mark in his World Sevens Series All time points.

Other tries were scored by Jasa Veremalua and Kitione Taliga in the second half.

Vodafone Fiji 7s Coach Ben Ryan told World Rugby that he was nervous on the bench before the match.

RYAN: “I was nervous on the bench beforehand, Scotland are a great side, but I am happy we got this out the way and can concentrate on tomorrow now.”

“We have a great side, a few players in the wider squad and some up our sleeve too, but our new boys made an instant impact which was great. The benefit with these guys is they have played sevens before so that helps and it’s just honing some of their skills and fitness over the next couple of months now.”

In other matches this morning, Kenya beat Portugal 29-14 while New Zealand thrashed Russia 35-10 and Samoa defeated Wales 52-10, Argentina beat USA 36-0, France thrashed Canada 42-5, South Africa beat England 24-5 while Australia won against Brazil 38-0.

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach, Ben Ryan has named a strong team to play in the Paris 7s this weekend.

Waisea Nayacalevu and Eminoni Nasilasila make their way to training in Paris. (@Paris7s/Twitter)
Waisea Nayacalevu and Eminoni Nasilasila make their way to training in Paris (@Paris7s/Twitter)

Ryan has left out Semi Kunatani, Pio Tuwai, Masivesi Dakuwaqa and Viliame Mata but has named four Europe-based players Leone Nakarawa, Waisea Nayacalevu, Josua Tuisova and Samisoni Viriviri.

Ryan said Fiji will need to stay in the finals for both tournaments in order to defend the series title.

RYAN: “We got eight points down like this last year and we made an eighteen point difference from the last two tournaments. A lot could change especially when you won’t go in the semi-finals. So there has to be a gold for us in the quarter finals. We’ll try to get pass through our two Europe opponents, it’s going to be tough especially when it’s a Europe leg. So we’ll need to get through out of the pool and get a victory from the quarter-final and in the semi-final in order to keep our lead.”

The Vodafone Fiji 7s Players for the Paris 7s:

  1. Apisai Raviyawa Domolailai
  2. Jasa Veremalua
  3. Isake Camaibau Katonibau
  4. Amenoni Nasilasila
  5. Osea Kolonisau
  6. Seremaia Vunisa
  7. Kitione Dawai
  8. Samisoni Nasagavesi
  9. Vatemo Ravouvou
  10. Waisea Nayacalevu
  11. Leone Nakarawa
  12. Josua Tuisova

Fiji takes on Scotland in their first pool match of the Paris 7s at 5.44am on Saturday and will take on Wales in their second pool match which is at 9.14pm Saturday and their last pool match is against Samoa at 12.47am Sunday.

The Paris 7s Cup quarterfinal will start at 9.13pm on Sunday, the cup semifinal will start at 1.03am next Monday while the Cup Final will kick off at 4.15am next week Monday.

Fiji is leading the World Sevens Series standing with 147 points, South Africa is second with 139 points while New Zealand is in third place with 135 points.

With less than two days until Stade Jean Bouin hosts round nine of the series, the 16 captains joined together to launch the tournament, returning to Paris for the first time since 2006, in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower.

The 16 captains joined together to launch the tournament returning to Paris for the first time since 2006, in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower. (World Rugby)
The 16 captains joined together to launch the tournament in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower. (World Rugby)

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team leads the series by eight points as they look to defend the series title they won in London last year.

Captain Osea Kolinisau said the team is looking strong to produce something special for all the fans.

South Africa is the closest challengers, with Neil Powell’s side aiming to win a first series title since 2009.

The Blitzboks captain Philip Snyman told World Rugby that they are looking forward to the weekend.

SNYMAN: “We know Fiji are in front, but we will try our best. We have some short-term and long-term goals but for now we are focused on England, and if we do well who knows maybe we can catch them.”

Fiji is currently leading the World 7s series standing with 194 points, following by South Africa 139 and New Zealand in third place with 135 points.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan has named 17 players to his extended squad for the Paris and London tournament, including 12 players from the Hong Kong leg and four other overseas-based players.

HONG KONG - APRIL 10: Isake Katonibau of Fiji competes during Cup Final the 2016.(www.punditarena.com)
Hong Kong 7s – APRIL 10: Isake Katonibau of Fiji competes during the Cup Final.

The Fiji 7s Extended Squad:

  1. Viliame Mata
  2. Osea Kolinisau
  3. Jerry Tuwai
  4. Pio Tuwai
  5. Kitione Taliga
  6. Savenaca Rawaca
  7. Semi Kunatani
  8. Apisai Domolailai
  9. Jasa Veremalua
  10. Isake Katonibau
  11. Amenoni Nasilasila
  12. Vatemo Ravouvou
  13. Masivesi Dakuwaqa
  14. Leone Nakarawa
  15. Samisoni Viriviri
  16. Josua Tuisova
  17. Waisea Nayacalevu

The Paris 7s will be held on the 16th and 17th of May in France followed by the London 7s the week after.

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