Cape Town collapse: Samoa crashes out with Ireland loss
Samoa has been knocked out of the Cape Town 7s in straight sets after losing their second pool against Ireland, 28-14, on Saturday night.
The Manu 7s built slowly from the opening kickoff, keeping the ball and going through a number of phases over the first minute.
They weren't making any ground though, and Ireland soon turned the ball over with a penalty for holding on at the breakdown.
Samoa counterrucked nicely to win the ball back inside their 22, and advanced the ball forward with a impressive carry.
A couple of back to back penalties kept the Manu momentum, and Belgium Tuatagaloa went in for the opening try with a little over four minutes played.
Samoa had a chance to end the half brightly too, when an Ireland forward pass gave them an attacking scrum just short of the 22.
But John Vaili knocked on, and from the resulting scrum, the Irish got the ball wide to Series top tryscorer Jordan Conroy.
The speedster did what he does best, going 50 metres for an easy try that tied the game at the break, in spite of all Samoa's possession.
To make matters worse for Samoa, Ireland were able to capitalise on some second half possession almost immediately.
Harry McNulty gave them the lead inside of a minute after some nice passing with a try under the posts.
Then Joe Perez had the ball stripped off him at the restart, and Ireland immediately made it 21-7 through John O'Donnell.
Ireland recovered the next kickoff too, and got the ball wide to Jordan Conroy who grubbered as he was tackled, making an easy try for Terry Kennedy who was following up.
If this didn't seal the win, Ireland's breakdown steal from the next restart did, with just two minutes of play remaining.
Samoa did eventually break into the 22 through the captain Tomasi Alosio, before Alamanda Motuga restored a bit of parity to the scoreboard with time almost up.
The Manu 7s have one more pool game to salvage some form ahead of Day Three; a dead rubber against Australia at 5:09 am on Sunday Samoan time.
Samoa 14 (Tuatagaloa, Motuga tries; Alosio 2/2 con)
Ireland 28 (Conroy, McNulty, O'Donnell, Kennedy tries; Dardis 4/4 con)