Video: IRB Sevens - In a new feature on UR7s, we welcome 'Flashback 7s Saturday' as Tom Burwell looks back at some of the greatest tournaments and matches from across the world. This week it's the Dubai 7s of 2009 and a final for the ages between New Zealand and Samoa. To watch highlights of the final between the All Blacks and Pacific Islanders, press Play in the Player above
Every Saturday this season we will flashback to some great memories of series' in the past. It could be a specific match or tournament. Memorable for incredible rugby 7s or in some cases the outright bizarre. We won't always look back at the HSBC World Sevens Series, we will look at invitational 7s rugby across the world as well. If a match or tournament stands out to you. Then let us know!
This week, we look back at the 2009 Dubai 7s Final between Samoa and New Zealand. The desert setting as the light was fading supplied the backdrop as the Kiwis and the Pacific Islanders having to work hard to make the final. New Zealand had squeezed past Kenya and Fiji whilst Samoa had beaten had beaten Australia by a point before beating the crowd favorites England in a more comfortable but equally entertaining semi-final
In the final Kiwis stormed into the lead, scoring 2 early tries through Forbes and Cama (not unlike last weekend in Australia) as was the attitude of the Samoan side in 2009/10 series, they fired right back at the Kiwis showing them little respect as the flying Pesamino who would go on to win the IRB Player of the Year for his performance on the world series scored and Reupena Levasa added another for the Samoans to take a 12.10 lead early in the 2nd half.
It was actually a then youngster who made the killing blow for the Kiwis though. Kurt Baker showed a glimpse of what was to come at the highest level with a stunning score before the evergreen Tomasi Cama sealed the game for the New Zealand 7s side.
Gordon Tietjens spoke afterwards "You've got to be out there and work really hard," Tietjens said. "Starting well is a bonus because if you start slowly it's a real struggle to get up. Consistency is about winning tournaments and also consistency of performance is about doing well.
"You're never going to win every tournament; it's not going to happen. But you've got to be a real contender when it comes to the series."
Little did he or anyone else know that this 1st leg of the World Sevens Series (pre-HSBC) that it would actually be the Samoans that would go on to take the overall World Series title that season with Mikaele Pesamino repeating his try scoring heroics from 2006/07 season finishing top try scorer with 56 scores. To put that in perspective, that is four more than the free-scoring Dan Norton got last season.
New Zealand won the first two tournaments in 09/10 following their Dubai win with a victory in George. It looked ominous for their rivals but incredibly they would not win again all season with Samoa winning four times and Australia and Fiji with one win apiece.
It is however the last time that New Zealand did not win the series having been victorious in the 3 seasons since Samoa enjoyed the glory of 2009/2010