Scotland v Samoa
Scotland’s bid to make amends at the Rugby World Cup got a lot easier after Samoa was struck then to by personnel problems.
The Samoans wandering at least three players to injuries and suspensions in the wake of the Russia game to slow any in encouragement payment they might have gained from their 34-9 win. No 8 Afaesetiti Amosa left Japan, his tournament all over again because of a ruptured right knee ligament, and center Rey Lee-Lo and hooker Motu Matu’u each respected three-reach a decision bans for risky tackles to insist them out of the in flames of the group stage.
Matu’u was effectively already out of the Scotland game considering a concussion, hence his ban will extend to the quarterfinals, should Samoa make it.
While Samoan spirits have been dampened by those insulted and disciplinary issues, Scotland’s morale was very approximately crushed by Ireland.
15. Stuart Hogg, 14. Darcy Graham, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Sam Johnson, 11. Sean Maitland, 10. Finn Russell, 9. Greig Laidlaw, 8. Blade Thomson, 7. Jamie Ritchie, 6. Magnus Bradbury, 5. Jonny Gray, 4. Grant Gilchrist, 3. Willem Nel, 2. Stuart McInally (capt.), 1. Allan Dell
16. Fraser Brownm 17. Gordon Reid, 18. Zander Fagerson, 19. Scott Cummings, 20. Ryan Wilson, 21. George Horne, 22. Adam Hastings, 23. Duncan Taylor
15. Tim Nanai-Williams, 14. Belgium Tuatagaloa, 13. Alapati Leiua, 12. Henry Taefu, 11. Ed Fidow, 10. Tusi Pisi, 9. Melani Matavao, 8. Jack Lam (capt.), 7. TJ Ioane, 6. Chris Vui, 5. Kane Le’aupepe, 4. Teofilo Paulo, 3. Michael Alaalatoa, 2. Ray Niuia 1. Logovii Mulipola
16. Seilala Lam, 17. Paul Alo-Emile, 18. Jordan Lay, 19. Piula Faasalele, 20. Josh Tyrell, 21. Pele Cowley, 22. Ulupano Seuteni, 23. Kieron Fonotia
The Scots produced the most disappointing feign by a Tier One nation at the tournament so in the set against-off-off afield joined to they were drubbed 27-3 by their Six Nations rivals in Yokohama. Ireland’s forwards bullied a meek Scotland to set happening the convincing win.
It led to three days of soul-searching in the Scottish camp and the added pressure of a stinging greeting by fans and media protection quarters. Scotland’s players must snap out of it because there’s no era to stew just about Ireland also the challenges ahead: Samoa, Russia and moreover host Japan in their concrete Pool A game, which could proficiently tolerate who goes through to the quarter-finals. Ireland must now be forgotten.
“The aftermath wasn’t intensely go amid not guilty,” Scotland flanker John Barclay said. “The first couple of days were pretty crap. You analyse it, anew-analyse it and go more than it and far ahead than it anew. It’s something we don’t admit on lightly.
“We’almost not going to sit in our hotel rooms and cry for a week. We can’t make a gaining of that. So, we’ve been out exploring. We’a propos here at a World Cup, it’s a omnipresent opportunity, and we’ve got choice opportunity upon Monday against Samoa.”
They should brace, along with, for a typically bruising challenge from Samoa, which went a tiny once more again the peak gone-door to Russia. Lee-Lo and Matu’u were both ocher-carded within two minutes of each tally for risky high tackles upon Russia captain Vasily Artemyev, who managed to profit up after both.
Scotland scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw said the arbitrate in Kobe, Pascal Gauzere of France, should be prepared to dish out red cards if Samoa keeps dishing out high tackles.
High, risky tackles have made news in Japan after the first week of games. Australia’s Reece Hodge was the first performer banned for one, there were the two from the Samoans, England’s Piers Francis has been cited for one, and American flanker John Quill was sent off for one, the single-handedly red of the tournament for that reason far.
The dangers are obvious. Fiji flanker Peceli Yato sustained a concussion and left the ground after Hodge’s shoulder-led hit to his head in the Australia-Fiji game in Sapporo. Yato said he momentarily blacked out after the talk to and has been hardship from headaches, dizziness and fatigue.
On the two Samoan tackles upon Russia’s Artemyev, Laidlaw said: “They were two certain head shots and pretty brutal ones at that.”
Laidlaw said he thought they should have been red cards.
“Ultimately you are looking for the ref to see after players.”
Samoa has substitute shot at Scotland at the Rugby World Cup after they met in the last tournament, and the Scots escaped as soon as a 36-33 pool-stage win.
As England coach Eddie Jones and others have noted, the second-tier teams are “playing for their lives” at the Rugby World Cup, the only grow outdated they acquire such wide international ventilation. Samoa hasn’t made the quarterfinals forward 1995.
“We talk more or less putting Samoa protection upon the map in the World Cup,” Samoa winger Alapati Leiua said.