Scotland 17 v Samoa 27

June 8, 2013
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It is a first time we have a double-header test match rugby day in South Africa at the same venue – this series kicks off with Scotland versus Samoa.

Recent results:
2012: Scotland won 17-16, Apia
2010: Scotland won 19-16, Aberdeen
2005: Scotland won 18-11, Edinburgh
2004: Scotland won 38-3, Wellington
2000: Scotland won 31-8, Edinburgh
1999: Scotland won 35-20, Edinburgh
1995: Draw 15-15, Edinburgh
1991: Scotland won 28-6, Edinburgh

Prediction: The Samoans have changed up a lot of their personnel from the hiding they got from the Golden Lions last week which will mean they will be a lot more competitive than people think they will be. With this in mind, I still do not feel that they will have enough power and experience to match the Scottish side. Scotland to win by at least 10 points.

The teams:

Scotland:15 Greig Tonks, 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Kelly Brown (captain), 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Alastair Kellock, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 Steven Lawrie, 17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Peter Horne, 23Duncan Taylor.

Samoa: 15 James Sooialo, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Paul Williams (captain), 12 Jonny Leota, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Tusiata Pisi, 9 Jeremy Sua, 8 Taiasina Tuifua, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Ofisa Treviranus, 5 Daniel Leo, 4 Teofilo Paulo, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Wayne Ole Avei, 1 Logovii Mulipola.
Replacements: 16 Maatulimanu Leiataua, 17 Sakaria Taulafo, 18 James Johnston, 19 Faatiga Lemalu, 20 Junior Poluleuligaga, 21 Brando Vaaulu, 22 Seilala Mapusua, 23 Alafoti Faosiliva.

Date: Saturday, June 8
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 14.00 (12.00 GMT; 01.00, Sunday, June 9 Samoa time)
Expected weather: Absolute scorcher predicted for Durban with a high of 29°C which will be uncomfortable to play in at 14.00. No rain predicted with a low of 15°C.
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Sindile Mayende (South Africa)

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One Comment

  1. avatar DavidS says:
    June 8th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Wow three test matches that ended with ten point spreads thsi weekend…

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