Sevens: Dubai – Samoa Outgun New Zealand To Claim Title

by Paul Cook - Samoa’s Sevens program has received a significant boost with Cup Final victory over New Zealand at the Dubai leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series last weekend. It is the Samoan’s first Cup title since February 2010 in Las Vegas and the comprehension of their victory should send a warning shot to everyone else in the competition that they are a team to be feared in 2012/13. Power, pace and execution were all to the fore as they despatched the reigning Series holders 26-15 in a brutal and exciting showdown in the sun in front of an enthusiastic 40,000 crowd. Having lost captain Afa Aiono for the game due to a three match ban incurred in a spiteful semi-final clash with France, the odds were against a Samoan victory but a record of 13 wins from 41 clashes with the All Blacks Sevens certainly gave them some cau
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