Samoa ends Vancouver Sevens with loss to France
The Manu Samoa 7s finished in a tie for 11th for the second World Rugby Sevens Series leg in a row in Vancouver.
They lost 19-0 to France in the ninth-place semifinal, a result that could see them drop to 14th in the overall Series standings behind Spain, and ahead of just one other core nation – Wales in 15th.
Both Samoa and France made plenty of errors in the first half of their second Day Two hitout, with Les Bleus in particular giving up tryscoring opportunities.
Paulo Scanlan received a yellow card for a high tackle with two minutes left, granting France a scrum inside the 22 metre line.
Malachai Unasa-Knox was also sin-binned for a deliberate knockdown, forcing Samoa to see out the remaining minute of the first half with five players.
They couldn’t keep Tavite Veredamu from getting the first try of the game before the break, and went in down 7-0.
A bad pass from Joe Perez led Malachai Unasa-Knox to knock on gave France a scrum inside the 22 metre line, and they made it count to score the second try of the game.
Substitute Terry Bouhraoua set up Ethan Dumortier to go over in the 11th minute after some classic side-to-side play from the French.
He scored his own try a couple of minutes later after a good counterruck, carving up the flatfooted sweeper Joe Perez to seal the result.
Pierre Mignot almost scored on fulltime for Les Bleus, but Samoan substitute Phillip Luki did well to dislodge the ball.
France 19 (Veredamu, Dumortier, Bouhraoua tries; Riva 2/3 cons)