SLOPPY SAMOA SAFE
SAMOA advanced to the World Cup quarter-finals despite failing to win a game after a 14all draw with Scotland in Cairns last night.
The Samoans were forced to come from behind with two second-half tries securing a draw and third spot in Group B.
Both sides finished with one point, but Samoa advanced because of their superior points differential.
The Scots ultimately paid the price after conceding 124 points against New Zealand and Tonga. They also had the distraction of three players – skipper Danny Brough, Johnny Walker and Sam Brooks – being sent home during the week for being too drunk to board a flight from New Zealand.
The Samoans were on the back foot from the outset after Young Tonumaipea butchered an attempt to field a chip kick and Lewis Tierney pounced.
SAMOA 14 (J Paulo, Y Tonumaipea, M Wright tries; M Wright goal) drew SCOTLAND 14 (F Mariano, L Tierney tries; D Addy 3 goals) at Barlow Park.