Samoa last in Pool D after Vancouver Sevens Day One

The Manu Samoa 7s finished last in Pool D at the Vancouver Sevens thanks to a 19-19 draw with Scotland in their final match on Day One.

Both sides finished with two losses and a draw in pool play, so Scotland took third place in the pool on points difference.

It was another error-filled performance from Samoa, with a cheap knock-on from Tofatuimoana Solia gifting the Scots possession in their own half.

Max McFarland came around the back of the subsequent scrum, and showed real pace to score the first try of the match in the fourth minute

He was then yellow carded for taking the man in the air at the restart, giving Samoa a lifeline.

They couldn’t take advantage though, as this time Joe Perez failed to catch a simple pass out wide to concede another scrum.

Scotland got their man back, and almost scored before halftime but for their own knock-on.

The Manu picked things up after the break, stealing their own kickoff back and scoring a nice try.

They built some phases thanks to some rare continuous possession on Day One, and Paulo Scanlan went over the tryline in the eighth minute to bring Samoa within two.

Scotland hit straight back through Harvey Elms, and Jamie Farndale grabbed an easy try after yet another knock on to make it 19-5 in the 11th minute.

Va’a Apelu Maliko broke the game open for Samoa with one step, streaming away to give them a chance with a try.

And Joe Perez tapped the kickoff back for his country for skipper Tomasi Alosio to tie the match just seconds later.

With a minute remaining, Scotland advanced up the field for what was a controversial finish.

Alec Coombes broke a tackle a few metres short of the line and, not being held, crawled towards the chalk, placing the ball back after Afamasaga completed the tackle.

Despite the ball still being in play, the referee blew his whistle to check whether a try had been scored via the Television Match Official.

Coombes was incorrectly deemed to have made a double movement in an attempt to score, and the referees awarded Samoa a penalty.

David Afamasaga got isolated at the breakdown and conceded his own penalty, so Scotland were happy to kick the ball out for a draw and claim third place in Pool D.

 

Samoa 19 (Scanlan, Maliko, Alosio tries; Alosio 2/3 cons)
Scotland 19 (McFarland, Elms, Farndale tries; Fergusson 2/3 cons)
 HT: 0-7

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