Scotland survive Samoa scare to squeeze in a draw

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    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

    Alan Nicolea
    Alan Nicolea

    Alan is one of The Roar's longest serving live bloggers, covering football, tennis and rugby league.

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    • Roar Guru

      November 11th 2017 @ 9:12pm
      Sleiman Azizi said | November 11th 2017 @ 9:12pm | ! Report

      Samoa have a lot to work on…

      Still, it needs to be remembered that Samoa stuck to the Big Three in their last Four Nations campaign.

      And since then, the tier two nations have slowly but surely edged closer and closer to them.

      Tonga’s victory over New Zealand today, in my view, stems from that Four Nations tournament that didn’t even feature them.

    • November 12th 2017 @ 3:00pm
      pillga said | November 12th 2017 @ 3:00pm | ! Report

      Was the crowd 67000 i read for the Scotland/Samoa game ?Surely not
      i just hope 67000 people in Scotland actually watched the game cant get any info on how the broadcast is going in these tier 2 and 3 nations

      • November 12th 2017 @ 5:45pm
        Mike Julz said | November 12th 2017 @ 5:45pm | ! Report

        I think that was the union match that happened overnight, the same countries and it was in Scotland

      • November 12th 2017 @ 6:23pm
        tonyBBB said | November 12th 2017 @ 6:23pm | ! Report

        Hahahaha you absolute spud piliga, it was the union game. Maybe get your head checked out?

      • Roar Rookie

        November 13th 2017 @ 7:52pm
        William Dalton Davis said | November 13th 2017 @ 7:52pm | ! Report

        The game was at Barlow park in Cairns wasn’t it? I think it only holds 20k. The union match in Scotland is what you’ve read about.

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