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Ross Ford: expecting a 'tough day at the office' against Samoa's sizeable front row

Ross Ford: expecting a 'tough day at the office' against Samoa's sizeable front row

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Scotland captain Ross Ford knows his side will have to be prepared for a physical battle when they face Samoa at Apia Park.

After victories over Australia and Fiji already this summer, Scotland will be looking to complete a Southern Hemisphere clean sweep on Friday.

However, they will not have it easy against the Samoans, who have a host of European-based players in their side and boast a huge front five.

They are able to welcome back playmaker Tusi Pisi to a starting line-up that is led again by David Lemi, the winger who will play for Worcester next season after a year at Glasgow.

Technically smart

"It is going to be a tough game. Samoa have got a lot of strengths, a lot of the European players are back now."
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"They are big, so that means that we have got to be technically smart," said Ford.

"We are not going to stick any more meat on over the next couple of days so we have got to be quick and we have got to be technically very good on the day to compete against them.

"It is going to be a tough game. Samoa have got a lot of strengths, a lot of the European players are back now.

"It is a strong team that they are putting out. They are a lot more structured than Fiji, but still have the ability to break defences with their big men and good steppers.

"They will be very physical, so it will be a tough challenge, but it is one that the boys are looking forward to. A win would round the tour off well."

Ford is expecting a "tough day at the office" for himself and the rest of Scotland's front row against Samoan trio of Census Johnston, Sakaria Taulafo and hooker Tii Paulo.

"Census Johnston plays for Toulouse and is a good scrummager, the Clermont boy [Tii Paulo] is hooker and the Wasps boy [Sakaria Taulafo] is at loosehead, they are big boys and good scrummagers, so we will have to be right up there to compete against them," he added.

"It is going to be another tough day at the office."

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