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Samoa vs Scotland

2017 Rugby League World Cup, November 11

Barlow Park, Cairns, QLD
Samoa Scotland
14 SCORE 14
3 Tries 2
1 Conversions 2
0 Penalty Goals 1
0 Field Goals 0

Match result:

Samoa have survived an almighty scare in cairns, drawing 14 all against Scotland to book a place in the quarter-finals.

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Final score
Samoa 14
Scotland 14

Match preview:

Samoa and Scotland will fight it out for third place in Group B and a place in the quarter-finals against Australia at the Rugby League World Cup. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5:15pm (AEDT).

Samoa has endured a tough start to the World Cup, suffering defeats to strong opposition in New Zealand and Tonga.

However, given the nature of the draw, Samoa will still seal a quarter-final berth if they defeat Scotland this afternoon, given that the first three teams in their group qualify for the last eight.

Samoa have toiled hard thus far, but lacked the overall class of both Tonga and New Zealand to go the extra mile and secure a win.

Of real concern for Samoa is their play in the halves. Ben Roberts and Joseph Paulo have played at the highest level in the NRL but just haven’t clicked as a combination this tournament.

Despite this, Samoa should be expected to account for Scotland this afternoon and approach an expected quarter-final against Australia with plenty of confidence.

Indeed Samoa’s opening two matches have been played against two of the perennial title contenders for the World Cup. If anything, Samoa have prepared well for a quarter-final showdown against Australia and should begin to flex their muscle this afternoon against the Scots.

Scotland meanwhile, have endured a very tough tournament to date, suffering heavy defeats to both Tonga and New Zealand. After testing the Kiwis in the opening eight minutes of last week’s contest, the Scots fell away as soon as they conceded the opening two tries in quick succession.

Despite that, they sit on zero points like Samoa and are in with a chance of qualification if they can win this afternoon. Doing it without Danny Brough will be a major difficulty though.

Indeed if Samoa are able to build that sort of momentum, then the island nation could rack up yet another score today.

Prediction
Samoa should win comfortably, but they need to develop combinations if they are any hope of challenging the Kangaroos in the quarter-finals. Josh Papalii, in particular, needs a big game for Samoa. He is a real X-factor but hasn’t been getting the service required to assert his presence up front.

If Papalii and company can build form, Samoa should beat Scotland and perhaps, maybe, achieve the impossible against the mighty Kangaroos.

Samoa by 40.

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  • 6:23am
    Terry Tavita said | 6:23am | ! Report

    hats off to the scots..i actually wanted them to win..and i’m samoan..

  • Roar Guru

    7:13pm
    Alan Nicolea said | 7:13pm | ! Report

    Samoa have survived an almighty scare in cairns, drawing 14 all against Scotland to book a place in the quarter-finals.

    Scotland produced an admirable performance after suffering heavy defeats against New Zealand and Tonga. Scottish forwards Luke Douglas and Mariano were strong upfront and laid a great platform for Addy and Thomas to dictate terms well in the halves.

    In comparison, Samoa were extremely flat today and obviously may have had one eye on a potential quarter-final against Australia next week. Overall, their attack was below par and Scotland defended well whenever they were under pressure.

    Despite their poor performance, Samoa did enough in the end to secure the result required to book a match-up against Australia. Samoa though need to improve considerably if they are any hope of sticking with the Kangaroos, let alone beating them.

    Samoa 14
    Scotland 14

  • Roar Guru

    7:10pm
    Scott Pryde said | 7:10pm | ! Report

    Woah. A draw. Samoa through on for and against.

    What a crazy day. I have a funny feeling something weird will happen in Aus v Lebanon tonight now.

    • Roar Guru

      7:44pm
      Sleiman Azizi said | 7:44pm | ! Report

      Nah guv, Australia for the win.

      Unfortunate for Scotland. I thought they went for their last field goal attempt to early.

      Such is life.

  • Roar Guru

    7:07pm
    Alan Nicolea said | 7:07pm | ! Report

    FULLTIME

    Samoa 14
    Scotland 14

  • Roar Guru

    7:06pm
    Alan Nicolea said | 7:06pm | ! Report

    79′ – Scotland getting into position here. Addy with a cracking strike from distance but the wind takes the ball left! Samoa should hold on now!

    Samoa 14
    Scotland 14

  • Roar Guru

    7:05pm
    Alan Nicolea said | 7:05pm | ! Report

    78′ – Poor kick yet again and Scotland get a 20 metre restart.

    Samoa 14
    Scotland 14

  • Roar Guru

    7:04pm
    Alan Nicolea said | 7:04pm | ! Report

    77′ – Addy with the kick and Samoa back in possession with just minutes left. Remember the draw suits Samoa just fine.

    Samoa 14
    Scotland 14

  • Roar Guru

    7:02pm
    Alan Nicolea said | 7:02pm | ! Report

    76′ – Samoa in position now. Right on the attack. Knock on though! Scotland once again hold on in defence! Great attitude from the bravehearts!

    Samoa 14
    Scotland 14

  • Roar Guru

    7:02pm
    Alan Nicolea said | 7:02pm | ! Report

    75′ – Thomas with the field goal attempt but he misses! Gee that was tight for Samoa….they are living dangerously…

    Samoa 14
    Scotland 14

  • Roar Guru

    7:01pm
    Alan Nicolea said | 7:01pm | ! Report

    74′ – Samoa not out of danger yet as Scotland work it into field goal position…

    Samoa 14
    Scotland 14

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