111 days after their World Cup adventure ended in acrimony and an emergency toilet break, Vern Cotter’s side resume their quest to rebuild the reputation of the Scotland rugby team.
Well that was painful! A full-blooded, committed performance from Scotland but still the defensive frailties that have been evident throughout this RWC persisted. 12 tries
Is it a case of mission accomplished for Scotland, making the quarter finals after missing out in agonising fashion in 2011? Or can they raise their game and provide one of the shocks of the tournament?
So how to judge the strangest game of the campaign (so far)? So much to worry about around kick-offs, defensive patterns and the breakdown. But ultimately the side came through and won the game, achieving the most basic goal we had for this RWC – make it to the quarter finals.
With the advantage of what will be effectively a home fixture and facing a Samoan side who have failed to fire and are already out of the tournament, surely even Scotland can’t find a way to mess this up? There is some serious talent in the Samoa line-up though and the men in dark blue cannot afford to be at all complacent if they want to achieve their goal of making the RWC quarter-finals.
A chastening experience for the men in blue as the momentum built over the opening 2 games was halted by some fairly poor tactics and execution allied to intense Springbok physicality.