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Scotland Team to Face Samoa

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Andy Robinson today announced his Scotland Team to face Samoa in Apia on Saturday in the final match of Scotland’s summer tour.

The pack remains largely the same, apart from Richie Vernon replacing John Barclay who has returned home on wedding business. This should mean that there will be a new face on the bench, most likely Rob Harley.

The other major change is Chris Cusiter in for Mike Blair, although the change has not been mirrored at 10 as Alan suggested the other day. Sean Lamont also comes in on the wing for Max Evans to face the side against who he earned his first and 50th caps. Both changes are perhaps aimed at maximising a structured yet physical approach to the game.

Scotland Team: Stuart Hogg, Sean Lamont, Nick De Luca, Matt Scott, Tim Visser, Greig Laidlaw, Chris Cusiter; Ryan Grant, Ross Ford (capt), Euan Murray, Richie Gray, Al Kellock, Al Strokosch, Ross Rennie, Richie Vernon
Replacements: Scott Lawson, Geoff Cross, Tom Ryder, Rob Harley, Mike Blair, Duncan Weir, Max Evans

Samoa Team: Faatoina Autagavaia (Marist St Josephs), Paul Perez (Vaigaga), Fautua Otto (Bristol), Paul Williams (Stade Francais), David Lemi (capt) (Glasgow), Tusi Pisi (Hurricanes), Kahn Fotualii (Ospreys); Sakaria Taulafo (London Wasps), Ti’i Paulo (Clermont), Census Johnston (Toulouse), Faatiga Lemalu (Papatoetoe), Daniel Crichton (Counties-Manukau), Benjamin Masoe (Auckland), Maurie Faasavalu (Harlequins), Kane Thompson (Southland)
Replacements: Ole Avei (Bordeaux), Logovii Mulipola (Leicester), Iosefa Tekori (Castres), Afa Aiono (Leulumoega), Jeremy Sua (Tasman), Ki Anufe (Auckland Marist), Lolo Lui (Moata’a)

Referee: Jaco Peyper for the third week running, after Chris Pollock has called off injured.
Assistant Referees: Ian Smith and Andrew Lees (both Australia)

There’s no word on any TV coverage of Samoa vs Scotland but we will try and keep you up to date somehow.

What are your thoughts ahead of the game?

15 Responses

  1. I presume there is no prospect of TV coverage – particularly after the chaos of the Fijian coverage and the fact that the Scotland game clashes with the Welsh playing Australia.

    1. I think there’s a chance ESPN might show it because a lot of people have bought the package for a month so it would make sense. Don’t think the Scotland game clashes with Wales – Scotland’s is 3.30 am UK time, Wales is 5/5.30am UK time, it’ll be tight but can’t see it clashing too badly, Sky were never going to show this game anyway

    2. While ESPN looks like a good bet in theory, they have live UFC scheduled from 2am till 4am and are trailing it heavily on their website, which suggests they are not thinking about bumping it any time soon.

      BBC Scotland’s Jim Mason is out there so perhaps we might get a radio commentary…

    3. According to Sporting life the Wales game is 6am UK time and that tallies with TV coverage in OZ which is down for 3pm local –

      Scotland game is 3.30am UK time which would make it 12.30pm in Oz so hoping to get it on my laptop at the site listed below while at rugby and waiting to coach on Sat for 3pm kick off lol

  2. I know they had a live match on ESPN classic a few weeks ago. (Football commitments on the main channel, I think) Match is being shown on TV1 Samoa, so hopefully an on-line stream will show up, if all else fails.

  3. Log on to on saturday morning… all home nation southern hemisphere tour matches have been and will be shown on there. simply click on Samoa v Scotland live, then click for wide screen to get rid of the advertising.. no downloading required if watched live

    1. I have only watched live events at sportlemon even the Canadian F1 Grand Prix on their much hyped Sky Sports F1 HD channel much to Mr Murdochs annoyance I would imagine!!

      There is a player option at sportlemon but I have not had any success downloading it.. may be worth giving it a practice run to see how you get on.

  4. Latest from sru, no live footage of game due to no satellite feed from Samoa. They’re trying to get highlights.

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