Manu 7s score 50 to beat Japan on Vancouver Day Two

The Manu Samoa 7s clocked up 50 points to beat Japan in a Vancouver Sevens ninth-place quarterfinal on Monday morning Samoan time.

They will play in a ninth place semi-final against France at 10:38 am.

After being denied and denying themselves possession on Day One, Samoa made full use of the ball to run out 50-19 winners in the first match of Day Two.

They spent a good minute in Japan territory before Losi Filipo went in for the opening try early.

A reply to Japan skipper Tachi Yoshizawa came all too easily, but Samoa quickly restored their lead through Paulo Scanlan.

Melani Matavao and Losi Filipo both ran in tries before halftime to make it 24-7.

The Manu kicked away possession early in the second, and Japan took it up the other end to score their second try through Shotaro Tsuoka.

The restart bounced directly to Malachai Unasa-Knox, who took off for his first ever World Rugby Sevens Series try in his debut tournament.

A great run from Samoan-born Japan player Timo Fiti Sufia set up a try for Taisei Hayashi on the next phase to give Japan a sniff in the 11th minute.

But Va’a Apelu Maliko scored directly from the restart, before further tries to Uaina Sione and Malachai Unasa-Knox.

 

Japan 19 (Yoshizawa, Tsuoka, Hayashi tries; Yoshizawa 1/2 con)
Samoa 50 (Filipo 2, Scanlan, Matavao, Unasa-Knox 2, Maliko tries; Matavao 5/7 cons, Filipo 0/1 con)
 HT: 7-24

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