Samoa Boys Win Youth Commonwealth Gold

Oceania Rugby, Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:12AM

In a year which had produced little but ongoing disappointment by Manu Samoa for Samoan rugby fans, Samoa’s Commonwealth Youth team has restored some hope and plenty of pride at the 2017 Games. 

The boys secured the gold medal on the final day of the rugby sevens action in the Bahamas.

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Whilst the Australian girls team dominated Canada and successfully defended their 2015 CYG title from start to finish with a 31-5 win. 

According to a report by sportswriter Liam Morgan, the boys final against England was a tight affair. 

Samoa eventually broke down a resilient English defence to wrap up a 10-5 success.

“After a tense opening to the boys final, Samoa, the bronze medallists when their nation hosted the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games, finally broke through thanks to Kelvin Masoe's try late in the first half.

“Frank Tato then finished off a free-flowing Samoan move to give his side a healthy 10-0 advantage over England.

“The English team pulled one back through Ollie Sleightholme but it proved to be too little, too late as Samoa held on for victory, sparking jubilant scenes at the final whistle.”

Last updated: Saturday July 22, 2017 10:16AM
Author: Greg Thomas