OF THE 10 games played between the countries to date, Scotland have won eight and Samoa one, while the only draw came at Murrayfield in 1995. Today’s home team enjoyed some sizeable early wins in the series, but recent contests have been close. Here is a quick look at those 10 matches and how Scotland lined up in each one.
Murrayfield, 19 October 1991 (Rugby World Cup quarter-final):
Scotland 28 Western Samoa 6
Gavin Hastings took the Pacific Islanders on at their own game, battering into them ball in hand time after time as Scotland booked a home semi-final against England. The full-back contributed 16 points with his boot, while John Jeffrey got two tries and Tony Stanger scored one.
Scotland: G Hastings; T Stanger, S Hastings, G Shiel, I Tukalo; C Chalmers, G Armstrong; D Sole, J Allan, P Burnell, C Gray, D Weir, J Jeffrey, F Calder, D White.
Murrayfield, 18 November 1995
Scotland 15 Western Samoa 15
Captained by Pat Lam, the Western Samoans, as they were still known, put up a tremendous performance and were unlucky to only draw against a Scotland side who were rebuilding after that summer’s World Cup. All the home team’s points came from Michael Dods penalties.
Scotland: R Shepherd; M Dods, G Townsend, G Shiel, K Logan; C Chalmers, B Redpath; D Hilton, J Hay, P Burnell, D Weir, D Cronin, R Wainwright, I Smith, S Reid. Replacement: S Campbell.
Murrayfield, 20 October 1999 (Rugby World Cup quarter-final play-off):
Scotland 35 Samoa 20
The home team kept their discipline well to go through with relative ease to a last-eight defeat by the All Blacks. A penalty try got them under way, Martin Leslie and Cammy Murray also touched down, and Kenny Logan kicked the rest of the points.
Scotland: G Metcalfe; C Murray, J Mayer, J McLaren, K Logan; G Townsend, G Armstrong; T Smith, G Bulloch, G Graham, S Murray, D Weir, M Leslie, B Pountney, G Simpson. Subs: C Mather, S Grimes, D Hodge, P Burnell, R Russell.
Murrayfield, 18 November 2000
Scotland 31 Samoa 8
After beating the USA and losing to Australia, Scotland rounded off their Autumn Tests with a solid but unspectacular win. Quintan Sanft of Kirkcaldy was at No 10 for the tourists and opened the scoring with a penalty, but the home team got better as the game wore on and scored tries through Jonny Petrie, Kenny Logan, Tom Smith and Alan Bulloch. Gregor Townsend contributed three penalties and a conversion.
Scotland: C Paterson; C Murray, A Bulloch, J Leslie, K Logan; G Townsend, B Redpath; T Smith, S Brotherstone, G Graham, S Murray, R Metcalfe, J White, B Pountney, J Petrie. Subs: R Beattie, G McIlwham, S Grimes, G Bulloch, G Beveridge, D Hodge.
Wellington, 4 June 2004
Scotland 38 Samoa 3
The biggest win in the series so far took place in the Westpac Stadium in New Zealand’s capital and was part of a summer tour in which Scotland went on to lose twice to the Wallabies. The five tries came from Gordon Ross, Ben Hinshelwood, Ali Hogg, Simon Webster and Mike Blair, with Chris Paterson and Dan Parks adding the other points.
Scotland: C Paterson; S Lamont, B Hinshelwood, A Henderson, S Webster; G Ross, C Cusiter; T Smith, G Bulloch, B Douglas, S Murray, S Grimes, J White, D Macfadyen, A Hogg. Subs: H Southwell, D Parks, C Smith, J Petrie, M Blair, I Fullarton, S Scott.
Murrayfield, 20 November 2005
Scotland 18 Samoa 11
After losing a week earlier to Argentina, Scotland needed a win, and they got it, though in lacklustre fashion. Ali Hogg and Marcus di Rollo got the tries, with Chris Paterson converting the latter and adding two penalties.
Scotland: C Paterson; R Lamont, M di Rollo, A Henderson, S Lamont; D Parks, C Cusiter; A Jacobsen, S Lawson, C Smith, C Hamilton, S Murray, J White, A Hogg, S Taylor. Subs: A Kellock, G Kerr, H Southwell, M Blair, P Godman, D Hall, K Brown.
Pittodrie, 27 November 2010
Scotland 19 Samoa 16
A narrow squeak in Aberdeen just a week after a good win against the Springboks at Murrayfield. Nikki Walker got the only try for Andy Robinson’s team and Dan Parks contributed two penalties, a conversion and a drop goal, but it was substitute Ruaridh Jackson who got the match-winning score, a last-minute penalty.
Scotland: H Southwell; N Walker, J Ansbro, G Morrison, S Lamont; D Parks, R Lawson; A Jacobsen, R Ford, E Murray, N Hines, R Gray, K Brown, R Vernon, J Barclay. Subs: M Blair, M Evans, J Hamilton, R Jackson, M Low, D Hall, R Rennie.
Apia, 23 June 2012
Samoa 16 Scotland 17
Having already beaten Australia and Fiji, Scotland wrapped up their summer tour with another win. They were behind three times, but Greig Laidlaw’s conversion of a late Rob Harley try saw them through. The stand-off, as he was then, had earlier converted a Joe Ansbro try and added a penalty.
Scotland: S Hogg; S Lamont, J Ansbro, M Scott, T Visser; G Laidlaw, C Cusiter; R Grant, R Ford, E Murray, J Gray, A Kellock, A Strokosch, R Rennie, R Vernon. Subs: M Blair, M Evans, S Lawson, R Harley, T Ryder.
Durban, 8 June 2013
Samoa 27 Scotland 16
After a couple of close defeats, Samoa at last beat Scotland for the first time in this quadrangular tournament in South Africa. Scotland were only ahead once, after Sean Lamont’s try. The other points came from four Greig Laidlaw penalties.
Scotland: G Tonks; S Lamont, A Dunbar, M Scott, T Visser; T Heathcote, G Laidlaw; A Dickinson, P MacArthur, E Murray, G Gilchrist, A Kellock, A Strokosch, K Brown, J Beattie. Subs: S Lawrie, R Wilson, G Cross, P Horne, J Hamilton, M Low, H Pyrgos, D Taylor.
Newcastle, 10 October 2015 (Rugby World Cup pool match)
Scotland 36 Samoa 33
A win was needed if Scotland were to ensure a place in the quarter-finals, and for a long time it looked as if they were going to fall short, as Samoa stunned them with some excellent running rugby. In the end, though, they made it, thanks largely to the leadership of Greig Laidlaw, who contributed 26 points through a try, three conversions and five penalties. The other tries came from Tommy Seymour and John Hardie.
Scotland: S Hogg; S Maitland, M Bennett, M Scott, T Seymour; F Russell, G Laidlaw; A Dickinson, R Ford, W Nel, R Gray, J Gray, R Wilson, J Hardie, D Denton. Subs: F Brown, G Reid, T Swinson, J Strauss, P Horne, S Lamont.