Blitzbokke lose in Plate Final

March 21, 2010
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Samoa produced a brilliant display on the final day of the Adelaide Sevens to romp to Cup success against impressive USA 38-10 and win back-to-back tournaments for the first time in the IRB Sevens World Series.
New Zealand wins Plate || England wins Bowl || Japan wins Shield

In doing so, they cut New Zealand’s lead to just two points heading into next weekend’s Hong Kong tournament. Fiji currently lie third and Cup semi finalists Australia have risen to fourth, ahead of England, Kenya and South Africa.

The USA made huge strides by reaching their first ever Cup final but came up short against the powerful Samoans, for whom the forward triumvirate of Alafoti Fa’osiliva, Simaika Mikaele and Ofisa Treviranus were again outstanding.

The match-winner for the islanders, though, was Mikaele Pesamino, who crossed for a hat trick of tries in the final and 11 in the tournament, extending his personal tally to 40 for the season, the leading mark.

In the other competitions New Zealand beat South Africa to take the Plate, England won the Bowl with victory against Kenya and Japan took the Shield.

New Zealand win Plate

New Zealand won a bruising Plate final against reigning Series champions South Africa 21-14 to take 12 points and guarantee they lead the Series heading into the Hong Kong tournament next weekend.

While newcomer Sampie Mastriet was again on target for the Boks, scoring his ninth try of the tournament, Tim Mikkelson, Save Tokula and captain DJ Forbes all scored for the kiwis.

Earlier, the New Zealanders lost against Samoa in the Cup quarter finals but recovered to beat Fiji in their Plate semi. The south Africans lost out to Argentina in the Cup quarter finals, but then went on to totally outplay Wales in the Plate semi final.

England win Bowl

England recovered from the disappointment of losing two matches on day one by winning all of their matches on Sunday to take the Bowl trophy, beating Kenya 33-12 in the final and taking four points towards the World Series.

Ben Ryan’s side followed a 47-0 victory against Papua New Guinea with a 19-0 win against France and then proved too strong for the ever-popular Kenyans.

Japan win Shield

Two tries by giant Alisi Tupuailei helped Japan to a fine 22-19 victory against Tonga in the Shield Cup final. Earlier Japan beat Niue to reach the final.

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3 Comments

  1. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 21st, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Niue (pronounced /ˈnjuːeɪ/ in English) is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean. It is commonly known as the “Rock of Polynesia”, and natives of the island call it “the Rock”.

    Though self governing, Niue is in free association with New Zealand, and thus lacks full sovereignty. Queen Elizabeth II is Niue’s head of state. Most diplomatic relations are conducted by New Zealand on Niue’s behalf.

    Niue is 2,400 kilometres northeast of New Zealand in a triangle between Tonga, Samoa, and the Cook Islands. The people are predominantly Polynesian.

  2. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 21st, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 2:42 pm:

    Yep something like just over 1000 population…

  3. avatar Americano says:
    March 23rd, 2010 at 5:48 am

    1000 people?
    On an island referred to as “The Rock”?
    I couldn’t think of playing rugby, I’d be too busy with smoke signals in hopes a rescue plane would spot us (:

    Quite impressive that with but 1000 they have a traveling 7′s team that travels the world.

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