Cape Town – While we should guard against taking anything
away from Scotland’s seriously gritty performance in running the Springboks
close at Nelspruit, it is nevertheless tempting to wonder whether the host
nation might have won by an altogether clear-cut more margin but for a bit of
bad luck in the opening seconds.
Samoa, like the Boks the only unbeaten side in the four-team
tournament, might well not be as charitable in letting the more fancied hosts
back into the fixture should they find themselves nursing so meaningful a lead
themselves at Loftus on Saturday (17:15 kickoff).