Saturday, June 23, 2012


Scotland v Samoa in Apia

Venue: Apia Park

Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)

It has been nine long years since a Tier 1 rugby test nation visited Samoa. Ireland came in 2003 and lost 12-40. Before that France visited in 1999. This test match has been a long time coming. The IRB are targeting a Tier 1 nations to tour the Pacific each year. About time!

Samoa are undefeated and holders of the 2012 Pacific Nations Cup. This side has been strengthened by the inclusion of a few overseas-based players available only for this game.

Scotland are also undefeated on their three-test tour of Australia and Oceania. So far they have defeated Australia 9-6 and Fiji 37-25. This will be another bruising encounter.

It will be a fantastic scene at Apia Park. Samoans will turn up in their thousands. The scenes will be similar to what I experienced in downtown Auckland and outside Eden Park when any of the Island teams played. I expect an upset!

Previous Encounters
27.11.2010 Scotland 19-16 in Aberdeen
20.11.2005 Scotland 18-11 at Murrayfield
04.06.2004 Scotland 38-3 in Wellington
18.11.2000 Scotland 31-8 at Murrayfield
20.10.1999 Scotland 35-20 at Murrayfield (World Cup, Quarter-final)

This is not the first time a Scottish side has played in Apia. In 1993 a Scottish XV played a non-test in Apia against Samoa and lost 11-28.

Scotland Last Five
16.06.2012 v Fiji W 37-25 in Suva
05.06.2012 v Australia W 9-6 in Newcastle
17.03.2012 v Italy L 6-13 in Rome (6 Nations)
10.03.2012 v Ireland L 14-32 in Dublin (6 Nations)
26.02.2012 v France L 17-23 at Murrayfield (6 Nations)

Samoa Last Five

17.06.2012 v Japan W 27-26 in Tokyo (Pacific Nations Cup)
10.06.2012 v Fiji W 29-26 in Tokyo (Pacific Nations Cup)
05.06.2012 v Tonga W 20-18 in Nagoya (Pacific Nations Cup)
30.09.2011 v South Africa L 5-13 in Albany (World Cup, Pool D)
25.09.2011 v Fiji W 27-7 in Auckland (World Cup, Pool D)

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table-Scotland 2nd, Samoa 11th

IRB Ranking Points
Samoa 77.64, Scotland 76.56

Prediction: Samoa by 3 points




15   Stuart Hogg  Glasgow Warriors
14   Sean Lamont Llanelly Scarlets, Wales
13   Nicholas De Luca Edinburgh Rugby
12   Mathew Scott Edinburgh Rugby
11   Timothy Visser Edinburgh Rugby
10   Greig Laidlaw  Edinburgh Rugby
9   Christopher Cusiter  Glasgow Warriors
8   Richard Vernon  Sale Sharks
7   Ross Rennie  Edinburgh Rugby
6   Alasdair Strokosch Gloucester, England
5   Alastair Kellock  Glasgow Warriors
4   Richard Gray  Glasgow Warriors
3   Euan Murray  Newcastle Falcons, England
2   Ross Ford (Capt.) Edinburgh Rugby
1   Ryan Grant Glasgow Warriors
16   Scott Lawson  Gloucester Rugby
17   Geoffrey Cross Edinburgh Rugby
18   Thomas Ryder Glasgow Warriors
19   Robert Harley Glasgow Warriors
20   Michael Blair  Edinburgh Rugby
21   Duncan Weir Glasgow Warriors
22   Max Evans Castres, France
    HEAD COACH: Andy Robinson




15   Fa’atoina Autagavaia Marist Samoa
14   Paul Perez  Vaigaga
13   Fautua Otto Bristol, England
12   Paul Williams Stade Francais, France
11   David Lemi (Capt.) Glasgow Warriors, Scotland
10   Tusi Pisi Wellington, New Zealand
9   Kahn Fotuali'i Neath Swansea Ospreys, Wales
8   Kane Thompson Southland, New Zealand
7   Maurie Fa'asavalu Harlequins, England
6   Benjamin Masoe  Papatoetoe RFC, Ak, New Zealand
5   Daniel Chricton Counties Manukau, New Zealand
4   Fa’atiga Lemalu Papatoetoe RFC, Ak, New Zealand
3   Census Johnston Toulouse, France
2   Ti'i Paulo Clermont-Ferrand, France
1   Sakaria Taulafo Wasps, England
16   Wayne Ole Avei  Bordeaux, France
17   Logovii Mulipola  Leicester Tigers, England
18   Joseph Tekori Castres, France
19   Afa Aiono Leulumoega
20   Jeremy Sua  Tasman, New Zealand
21   Ki Anufe Marist RFC, Ak, New Zealand
22   Lolo Lui Moata'a
    HEAD COACH: Stephan Betham

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