12 Mar 2016

Sport: Fiji and Samoa set for round 3 in Vancouver

11:52 am on 12 March 2016

It's one win a piece with Fiji and Samoa going head to head for the third tournament running at this weekend's Vancouver Sevens.

Fiji celebrate winning the 2016 Las Vegas Sevens.

Fiji celebrate winning the 2016 Las Vegas Sevens. Photo: World Rugby / Martin Seras Lima

Having been humbled 31-0 in Sydney last month, Samoa stunned the World Series champions 28-24 in their opening pool match in Las Vegas, ending Fiji's run of 39 consecutive wins in pool play.

Fiji went on to defend their title in Las Vegas and move five points clear at the top of the series standings.

But head coach Ben Ryan expects another tough encounter against their Pacific neighbours.

"Obviously yep our record went - 39 games in a row in pool play. It was going to go at some point and Samoa deservedly beat us" he said.

"We play them again on Saturday and I though they again are showing some glimpses of some great stuff and were unlucky on a few occasions at the weekend and we're certainly not going to be underestimating them, on this new artificial arena that I think will be fantastic to play rugby in."

Fiji and Samoa will also face Kenya and Portugal during pool play.