Samoa Deaf Sevens settles for silver
Samoa's deaf men's sevens team have fallen at the last hurdle on their way to an Oceania title, losing, 14-7, to Fiji Totokia.
They went undefeated through the three games prior to the Oceania Sevens, but couldn't defeat the team they drew 5-5 with on Day One second time round.
The Totokia opened the scoring early, shifting the ball wide to a speedy winger who showed electric pace to make it 7-0.
Samoa slowly advanced up the field in response, gaining territory through a couple of penalties as the first half wore on.
With a minute left Fiji received a yellow card, and Samoa took advantage by scoring on the halftime siren to tie the game.
Neither side could keep a hold of the ball in the rainy conditions, and another yellow card against the Totokia looked like it might give Samoa the advantage.
But it was Fiji who scored from long range; the same winger dotting down after getting the ball in space.
Samoa had their chances to level it, and advanced up the field with the siren gone.
They opted to kick in behind, and when both teams knocked on, the game was over.