2 Apr 2007

Samoa pick up first Hong Kong sevens title beating Fiji in the final

10:08 am on 2 April 2007

The Samoa's rugby sevens coach, Dicky Tafua says hard work paid off as they clinched the Hong Kong leg of the IRB world series title at the weekend.

The Samoans put on 27 points against 11 time champions Fiji to lead 27-nil at halftime.

Mikaele Pesamino again proved a match winner for Samoa, scoring a first half hat trick as the Fijians were run ragged for 10 minutes to trail 27-0 at the break, Uale Mai and Jerry Meafou also touching down.

However, Fiji came back with a vengeance in the second spell, with Ryder, Cakau, Vucago and Saravanua all scoring tries, but it wasn't good enough to peg back their first half deficit. Tafua says while they made a few mistakes they'll take the win.

"Win is a win, whatever, really enjoyed we trained hard and we prepared for this and now we got it"

Fiji remain at the top of the sevens ladder, with 84 points followed by New Zealand and Samoa on 78 points.

The next leg is in Adelaide Australia.