Scotland assistant coach Duncan Hodge is taking little notice of Samoa’s mauling at the hands of the Golden Lions yesterday and warned his players to brace themselves for a “huge task” against the Pacific islanders next weekend.
Samoa began their tour of South Africa in forgettable fashion as they crashed to a 74-14 defeat against the Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
However, Hodge, who went straight to the match after Scotland landed in Durban, refused to read too much into Samoa’s performance, pointing out there were a number of factors to take into account.
He told www.scottishrugby.org: “It was worthwhile (going to the game), it just confirmed a lot of what we knew. It was pretty tough for Samoa playing at altitude. They have got anywhere between nine and 12 players still to arrive over today and tomorrow, so it will be a much much different team come Saturday and will be a huge task for us.”
Scotland should need no reminding of the threat posed by Samoa, who they open their summer tour against in Durban next weekend.
Last June the Scots needed a dramatic late converted try from debutant Rob Harley to claim a 17-16 victory over the Samoans, who later in the year went on to defeat 2013 RBS 6 Nations winners Wales 26-19 and gave France a fight before losing 22-14.
Hodge said: “I think they’re ranked seventh in the world and if you look at their games in the autumn they pushed France extremely close and beat Wales pretty comfortably.
“They’ve got players playing all over Europe, French cup finals, big players at big clubs with big experience. They are an absolutely quality team.”