2 Apr 2012

Sport: Samoa fall at final hurdle, Fiji claim plate

10:22 am on 2 April 2012

Samoa continued their late season revival on the IRB Sevens Circuit but fell agonisingly short of a second Cup title, going down 28-26 to Australia in the final of the Tokyo Sevens.

Alafoti Fa'osiliva opened the scoring in the final and, after falling behind, Samoa rallied with a second Fa'osiliva try and another from Ken Pisi to put the Las Vegas champions up 26 -21.

But Australia had the final say with captain Ed Jenkins dotting down to tie the scores before 19-year-old Matt Lucas held his nerve to slot a long-range conversion in the dying seconds.

Following the final Jenkins praised his team's newer faces.

"We've got a young bunch of guys out there so I guess to get that winning culture amongst us is going to great. We didn't play that well yesterday obviously against New Zealand in that last pool game - it wasn't that great - and we knew we could come out today and give the tournament a shake up and we sure did."

Meanwhile Fiji recovered from their quarter final exit to beat South Africa 14-10 in the Plate final.

That kept captain Setefano Cakau's side within six points of overall series leaders New Zealand.

We never reach our aim for this week but I just thank the boys for their performance. Now we have the plate but I just thank the boys for their performance, to keep the points difference from New Zealand.

There are two rounds remaining in the World Series in Edinburgh and London, with the next in a months time.