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Samoa take on Scotland in Kobe in this vital Pool A encounter in the Rugby World Cup. Join The Roar from 8:10pm (AEST) for this clash.
This pool is in flux and wide open after Japan sensationally upset Ireland. As it stands, Japan are top after two games with nine points, while the Irish sit in second spot with six.
Scotland are fourth with zero points, after their opening loss to Ireland, while Samoa are third with five points after they beat Russia.
The Scots need to win to keep their World Cup hopes alive. If the Pacific Islanders notch a win, they could go top of Pool A and ensure a place in the quarter-finals.
It’s a massively important match for both sides.
In the 2-15 World Cup these two teams met and Scotland finished 36-33 winners.
Their last meeting was in Edinburgh in 2017 when Scotland won a high-scoring test 44-38.
The Scots have a decent recent record against Samoa, with five wins from their past six encounters.
The Pacific islanders will be without centre Rey Lee-Lo and hooker Motu Matu’u after the pair were yellow-carded and then banned for three games for shoulder-led hits to the head of Russia’s Vasily Artemyev during Samoa’s opening 34-9 victory.
But Samoa will have no shortage of motivation after a war of words heading into this game.
Scotland have had a crack publicly about Samoa’s tackling technique and the sin-bins against Russia.
Samoa head coach Steve Jackson replied: “There have been things put in the media by people in the Scottish squad talking to the referee about our tackles and that sort of stuff. Well, thanks for doing that, because it just motivates our players a lot more.”
This is all-or-nothing for Scotland. They lose and they’re out. Scotland were poor against Ireland and have a point to prove. They will be fired up.
Scotland to win by 5 points.
Join The Roar from 8:15pm (AEST) for the play by play.
When: 8:15pm (AEST)
Where: Kobe Misaki Stadium
TV: Fox Sports
Betting: Scotland $1.16, Draw $42, Samoa $7.20
Stuart Hogg, Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Sean Maitland, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw; Blade Thomson, Jamie Ritchie, Magnus Bradbury, Jonny Gray, Grant Gilchrist, Willem Nel, Stuart McInally (c), Allan Dell.
Reserves: Fraser Brown, Gordon Reid, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Ryan Wilson, George Horne, Adam Hastings, Duncan Taylor.
Tim Nanai-Williams, Belgium Tuatagaloa, Alapati Leiua, Henry Taefu, Ed Fidow, Tusi Pisi, Melani Matavao; Jack Lam (c), TJ Ioane, Chris Vui, Kane Le’aupepe, Teofilo Paulo, Michael Alaalatoa, Ray Niuia, Logovii Mulipola.
Reserves: Seilala Lam, Paul Alo-Emile, Jordan Lay, Piula Faasalele, Josh Tyrell, Pele Cowley, Ulupano Seuteni, Kieron Fonotia.