Second spot in Series up for grabs

(IRB.COM) Thursday 2 May 2013
 
 Second spot in Series up for grabs
Samoa and South Africa both hope to finish second in the Series and play each other on day one of this weekend's Glasgow Sevens

With New Zealand the favourites to collect an 11th World Series title in 14 years at the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens, the battle for second place is hotting up with two rounds remaining.

Tokyo Sevens champions South Africa currently sit second on 100 points, just two ahead of Fiji and a further four of Samoa, a side they face on day one in Pool A.

Samoa have won one Cup title this season, in Dubai, while their Pacific neighbours Fiji and South Africa are the only teams to have won two this season.

Between the three of them, they have won five of the seven Cups this season and despite holding the second position and going into this weekend's tournament off the back of victory in the last round, South Africa captain Frankie Horne is taking nothing for granted.

"We did poorly in Hong Kong so it [the win in Tokyo] was bittersweet," said Horne.

"But we want to keep our second place in the log, it is important. We are being hounded by Samoa and Fiji, so we just need to stick and fight it out to keep that second place.

"We cant make any promises though. The circuit is a beast of its own, it is one of the most challenging seasons this far. Five different winners from the first five tournaments is uncommon for a season."

Up for the fight

Last year Fiji finished second behind New Zealand and their captain, Setefano Cakau, is hoping to defend that position in the same way they have successfully defended both of their Cup wins last season, in Australia and Hong Kong, this season.

"For us we know we are now working towards second place because New Zealand are too far away now.

"For us it will be a big boost. We are third at the moment, so we will have to work hard to reach second over the next two tournaments.

"For us our main target is to be first, it didn't happen so we want to be second. Samoa have done well and want it too but for us we will work hard to reach it as we were second last year."

Samoa have the services of pacemen Tom Iosefo and Mikaele Pesamino back after both have been named in Faamoni Lalomilo's squad and appear up for the fight.

"It is good to have Tom and Mikaele both back. We are looking at second place when we prepared back home and know we have a chance to make it up there.

"We have a tough pool, South Africa are  in it, but they are all a threat to us. We will try our best [to finish second], it is a big battle for us."

Glasgow Sevens

Round 8
3-4 May 2014

Venue: Scotstoun Stadium
City: Glasgow
Capacity: 15,000 

 
Pools
Pool A
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RSA00
SAM00
POR00
Pool B
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CAN00
FRA00
JPN00
Pool C
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FIJ00
WAL00
ARG00
KEN00
Pool D
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AUS00
USA00
SCO00
ESP00
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Photos
  • Mikaele Pesmino, Samoa
  • Tavis Knoyle
  • Colin Gregor