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Samoa vs Scotland Rugby League World Cup Preview and Team News - Samoa to secure quarter-final spot

Andrew Hendrie 9 Nov 2017
  • Samoa face Scotland in the World Cup on Saturday
  • First meeting between the nations since 2000
Samoa face Scotland on Saturday

Samoa take on Scotland in the Rugby League World Cup on Saturday in Cairns with the winner advancing to the quarter-finals.

Both Samoa and Scotland have gone 0-2 in the Pool B so far, making this showdown a straight shootout for the quarter-finals on Saturday in Cairns.

While this could have potentially been an interesting tussle, Scotland have endured a nightmare campaign - firstly with their four NRL stars being ruled out before the tournament with injury, while three key players, including captain Danny Brough, were sent home after being refused entry onto a flight from Christchurch due to being intoxicated.

Furthermore, Scotland have scored just 10 points compared to leaking a whopping 124 in their two defeats against New Zealand and Tonga. No matter which way you try to spin it, Scotland have no chance of conquering the Samoans on Saturday.

Samoa themselves haven’t been at their best, especially in their opening clash against New Zealand, while they were never really in the hunt in a 32-18 loss to Tonga last week.

Nevertheless, it will take a catastrophic collapse of seismic proportions for Samoa to lose this game and miss out on the quarter-finals. Expect the Samoans to put on another big score on the depleted Scots on Saturday.

Stats


  • Scotland and Samoa haven’t clashed since 2000
  • Samoa won that match 20-12
  • Winner of this encounter will make the World Cup quarter-finals


Teams


Samoa squad: 1 Young Tonumaipea 2 Ricky Leutele 3 Timoteo Lafai 4 Joseph Leilua 5 Matthew Wright 6 Jarome Luai 7 Fa’amanu Brown 8 Junior Paulo 9 Jazz Tevaga 10 Herman Ese’ese 11 Joshua Papalii 12 Frank Winterstein 13 Bunty Afoa 14 Pita Godinet 15 Joseph Paulo 16 Leeson Ah Mau 17 Sam Tagataese 18 Frank Pritchard 19 Suaia Matagi 20 Ben Roberts 21 Ken Maumalo

Scotland squad: 1 Lewis Tierney 2 Shane Toal 3 Ben Hellewell 4 Lachlan Stein 5 Matthew Russell 6 Danny Addy 7 Oscar Thomas 8 Luke Douglas (c) 9 Callum Phillips 10 Ben Kavanagh 11 Frankie Mariano 12 Dale Ferguson 13 James Bell 14 Kane Bentley 15 Brandan Wilkinson 16 Andrew Bentley 17 Jarred Anderson 18 Alex Walker 19 Will Oakes 20 David Scott 21 Kieran Moran


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