Samoa humbled by the USA, 34-14
Manu Samoa Sevens has a lot of work to do if they are to make the playoffs for the Cup in the Hamilton Sevens.
Having beaten England in their first game, the men in blue lost to the United States, 34-14, in their second game.
The result was disappointing given the way they started against the Americans when they scored in the first minute from kick off.
Captain David Afamasaga was at the receiving end of some wonder running and passing to score their first try, which was converted by Alatasi Tupou.
But it was all USA from there with their opponents scoring four unanswered tries through Martin Iosefo, Madison Hughes and two from Carlin Isles before the break. USA was up, 7-26 at the half.
Isles scored his third try in the second half to extend their lead, 7-31.
John Vaili responded for Samoa with their second try, 14-31.
But it was not enough. Hughes kicked a penalty to complete the scoring, 14-34.
Earlier, the Manu Samoa 7s opened their Hamilton campaign with a big win over England.
It’s their 10th win in the first 13 games of the World Rugby Sevens Series, and sets them up well to push on and qualify for the Cup quarterfinals from Group B.
The team were wearing black armbands in a tribute to Faiva Tagatauli of the Vaimoso Rugby Club, who died on Thursday morning after an injury sustained during a club game last weekend.
Samoa played some of their best rugby during the game, and lead 12-0 going into halftime.
Joe Perez opened the scoring in his first appearance on the Series this year, finishing off a well built try.
Alatasi Tupou scored the second; a brilliant individual effort from a set piece.
The playmaker drifted across the English line, feigning a pass, before exploding into life and bursting past the defenders to dot down under the posts.
His defensive work was also impressive at sweeper, and Samoa were able to largely control the game through good kickoffs, effective tackling and incisive work at the breakdown.
A missed tackle from David Afamasaga let Tom Bowen score against the run of play early in the second half.
But Samoa didn’t panic, and continued to back their defensive structures.
Given the chance to advance the ball from within their own 22, Elisapeta Alofipo got himself isolated, and England quickly turned that attacking possession into another try.
But the conversion was missed, and Samoa held on to win 12-10.
Samoa’s last game today will be against Tonga at 7:44pm Samoan time.