5 Feb 2007

Samoa produce shock result of the year so far in the IRB series

9:47 am on 5 February 2007

Celebrations continue for the Manu Samoa rugby union sevens team after producing the shock result of the year so far to beat firm favourites Fiji at the Wellington leg of the International Rugby Board Series at the weekend.

Fiji had strolled through the tournament for the loss of just seven points and thrashed New Zealand 31-nil on their way to the final, while Samoa performed heroics to beat South Africa 14-12.

Coach Fuimaono Titimaeatafua says it's a proud moment not just for his team who are all local players but for Samoan rugby.

"It's good especially our rugby, we have been waiting for a long time for this, and now we've got it now so we have to stand and stay up there, our local players can do it."

And the defending champions Fiji looking for their first win of the series made too many mistakes and coach Waisale Serevi says they paid the price.

Samoa they did the right thing at the right time, they scored first, we didn't recycle the ball properly, that's why we didn't come back and score, we missed a couple of 50/50 passes.

He says unlike Fiji who can produce players at will.

They're playing it every weekend, they have tournaments every every weekend, I mean 24 teams 36 teams the numbers they've got to select from is incredible, I think they dropped five from the last squad, that went to the first two tournaments. Now they've just picked four or five new guys that i've never seen before

The fourth leg is in San Diego next weekend.