Scotland likely to face Samoa at 2019 Rugby World Cup

  • Scotland likely to face Samoa at 2019 Rugby World Cup

Scotland likely to face Samoa at 2019 Rugby World Cup

The Sports for Health Rugby initiative kicked off at the National Stadium in Apia on Saturday before the Pacific Nations Cup Test match between Samoa and Fiji.

Tonga have secured their qualification for the 2019 World Cup where they will compete in England's group. The Scots and the Samoans had a titanic battle at the last World Cup in 2015, with Scotland eventually winning 36-33 at St James' Park in Newcastle.

A win would do the trick for the Manu for sure, but even a narrow defeat would be good enough, if the margin is less than seven and they collect a vital bonus point. Instead, they finished as the third-placed team in Oceania and will now have to play a repechage against a second tier European side, possibly Portugal, to claim their World Cup berth. Samoa equalised through captain David Lemi when scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i caught Fiji napping with a quick tapped penalty.

Seniloli scored two tries in the first half and was the first to cross over for Fiji again in the second half. The tactics worked and in the damp conditions Fiji scored three more tries through Senioli, centre Jale Vatubua and replacement Apisalome Ratuniyarawa. I believe this squad can improve further and our aim will be to make the quarter-finals in 2019. The victor will face the Asia Rugby Championship 2018 victor for a place in repechage tournament.