Samoa overpowers U.S.A. in Hamilton to keep hopes alive

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La'aloi Leilua

La'aloi Leilua

A last minute length of the field try from the Manu Samoa Sevens has kept their cup playoffs hopes alive at the Hamilton Sevens.

After losing their first game to Kenya, all hopes looked lost when the U.S.A. led with less than a minute to go in their second pool game.

But cometh the hour cometh the man and he was none other than Laaloi Leilua who showed a clean pair heels to outsprint U.S.A’s cover defense down the left flank to score the winner.

The Manu Samoa drew first blood through a brilliant individual try from Murphy Paulo who showed determination to bust through the line to dot down.

But the Eagles came back through Pickleman, before the break.

With their tails ahead, 7-5, coach Sir Tietjens wanted them to continue.

But that quickly changed when Perry Baker scored for the U.S.A., giving them a 10-7 lead with time winding down.

The U.S.A threatened Samoa’s line in the last minute of the game but this time, the ball bounced Samoa’s way. It was cycled through a number of hands before it reached Leilua who was unstoppable.

The conversion was successful and Samoa won the match, 14-10.

Their next game is against Canada.

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