Fiji better on paper against Samoa in 7s
May 11, 2014 12:25 am
The Vodafone Fiji 7s team takes on an unbeaten Samoan outfit in the cup quarter-finals of the London tournament tonight.
Samoa has not been outstanding this season however, the side that’s been put together to play at Twickenham which features some UK-based reps has seen them defeat Canada 19-12, Kenya by the same score and the United States 27-10.
On paper, Fiji looks to have the advantage – In 62 games played between the two island nations, Fiji has won 42, Samoa has won 17 and they’ve drawn 3 times.
This season the two sides last met at the Tokyo 7s in March where Fiji defeated Samoa 33-7 in pool play.
Samoa’s last 7s win over Fiji was in Port Elizabeth in December last year to oust Fiji in the cup quarter-final by 28-12.
Their clash is the last cup quarter-final in London at 10.34pm.
The Cup quarter-finals begin from 9.28pm between England and France, Australia faces Kenya at 9.50pm then South Africa takes on series winners New Zealand at 10.12pm.
Having reached the cup quarter-finals, New Zealand has retained their title as the IRB World Sevens Series champions.
In the process, All Blacks Sevens playmaker Tomasi Cama Jnr has reached 2,000 points in his 7s career and is aiming to rack up more points on Day Two.
Making the bowl quarter-finals which begins from 8pm today is Argentina versus Portugal, Spain faces the United States, Scotland is up against Wales and Canada meets Japan.