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Coupe du Monde Rugby
09/30/19 06:15 AM
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Tip Scotland - Samoa

Pool A has been turned upsidedown after hosts Japan beat Ireland on Saturday. What had looked a pool that would be fought out between Ireland and Scotland is now a three-way battle. With Scotland's final game being against the Japanese, they have the task of winning their games against Samoa and Russia before that showdown. They lost their opening game 27-3 to Ireland but the country ranked seventh in the world should get their first win against Samoa who are 16th in the world. They have played the Samoans on 11 previous occasions, winning nine, losing one and drawing the other. Scotland won't just be wanting to win this match, earning a bonus point for scoring four tries is another key target. Japan already have 10 points from two games and Ireland two, a straightforward win without a bonus point would still leave Scotland outside the top two. Scotland insist that getting the win under their belt is their first aim as they take on a Samoa team that are also ahead of them after a 34-9 win over Russia. Samoa last got out of their pool in 1995 and haven't beaten a first-tier nation since a win over Italy in 2014. Go for Scotland to get back on track with a win and be leading at both half and full time.

Key points Scotland - Samoa

  • Scotland have only lost one of 11 previous games against Samoa.

  • Samoa haven't qualified for the quarter finals since 1995.

  • Scotland are ranked nine places above their opponents.

Conclusion Scotland - Samoa

Recent meetings between these two countries have been tight affairs. Scotland have made five changes for this match and they know it's one that they have to win. A bonus point would be gratefully received too. Samoa won their first game of the tournament against Russia, this is a lot tougher and not since beating Italy five years ago, have they defeated a first-tier nation. Go for Scotland to win this game and be ahead at both half and full time.

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Scotland Samoa Prediction published on September 29, 2019

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