The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - STEVE ZEMEK

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.

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