9 Apr 2015

Sport: Samoa sevens team still hopeful of making Rio Games

11:32 am on 9 April 2015

The Samoan sevens team are still planning towards next year's Olympic Games, despite being out of contention for automatic qualification.

The top four countries on this year's World Series will earn direct entry into the sevens draw in Rio, with the remaining qualifiers to be determined at regional tournaments later this year.

Samoa are well down the pecking order in tenth place, with two legs remaining, having only made the Cup quarter finals or better at two of seven tournaments this campaign.

Assistant coach Rudolph Moors says injuries and inexperience haven't helped their cause but the team still believes it can make it to Brazil.

"They boys they're trying to work hard and keep it up - there are a lot of new faces. We are not making it to [be automatically] qualified but we have to encourage the boys. We need to keep it up and improve the performance, and we still have a chance to go for another qualifier for the Olympics. We're trying to keep the boys working hard, we have a new team [with] young boys but we have to keep it up and we have to boost them for Glasgow and London".

Rudolph Moors says they hope Australia can finish in the top four so Oceania gets another team at the Olympics and avoids them going head to head in the final qualifier.