Manu Samoa Sevens finishes fourth in France

By Alexander Rheeney 22 May 2022, 2:13AM

The Manu Sevens team has finished fourth at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Toulouse, France. 

They lost to Fiji in the semifinal before losing to France in the play off for third place early Monday morning Samoan time. 

The day before, they had qualified for the Cup Quarterfinals and defeated England.

On the first day of the competition Manu accounted for Spain 42-12 before going on to beat Ireland 27-14. On the second day Manu beat one of the competition heavyweights South Africa 19-7 to go undefeated and lead Pool D with 9 points.

After the round-robin games Argentina leads Pool A with 7 points (2 wins 1 loss), France leads Pool B on 6 points (for 2 wins with 1 game yet to be played as of 1am Sunday Samoa Time) and Australia leads Pool C on 7 points (2 wins with 1 game to be played as of 1am Sunday Samoa Time).


The game against Ireland was a close one as the Irish were leading 14-5 only for Manu to mount a fight after the half time to go on to win 27-14 in the second stanza. 

Steve Rimoni and Paul Scanlan scored two tries apiece to underline Samoa’s credentials as serious contenders after their run to the semi-finals in Vancouver.

Some of the highlights of the first two days of the tournament were South Africa, Argentina and Australia suffer shock defeats in men’s event; Ireland earned its first-ever win over series leaders South Africa in the opening game; Canada notched a last-gasp win over Vancouver champions Argentina; and the returning USA star Perry Baker scored a hat-trick in win over Australia.

Manu sevens’ qualification for the Cup Quarterfinals in Toulouse means they are now back-to-back quarterfinalists after the last HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Singapore last month.

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By Alexander Rheeney 22 May 2022, 2:13AM
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