Manu Samoa 7’s victory, a timely Christmas gift for Samoa

Despite playing in horrendous conditions, Samoa clawed through a strong New Zealand side with a 12-7 victory. It was the perfect fairytale ending for the team, as they last reached a finals six years ago in Paris.

Tagata Pasifika reports the boys in blue took an early lead in the match, as youngster Fa’afo’i Falaniko crossed for the opening try. The player from the Tepatasi Rugby Club had led his team to the final after slotting through a winning penalty kick in the semi final against South Africa.