Samoa v Scotland: Teams
At Apia Park, Saturday June 23, kick-off 3.30am
Last Updated: 22/06/12 3:25pm
Andy Robinson: Wary of Samoa threat
Scotland coach Andy Robinson says his side still need to overcome a stern test if they are to complete a clean sweep of their three-Test summer tour.
A hugely impressive upset win over Australia has been followed by victory over Fiji, with Samoa now the only side standing in Scotland's way.
But Robinson is taking nothing for granted and is impressed by a Samoan line-up which shows five changes from the one that clinched the Pacific Nations Cup by beating Japan last weekend.
With players such as Toulouse prop Census Johnston and Tusi Pisi, the Wellington playmaker, returning to the team they are a stronger side on paper than the one that won the Pacific title.
"There are a lot of players who are playing in Europe, there are some outstanding talents, some young talent as well as some of the old heads like Johnston," Robinson said.
"They are a physical pack and those people who have not seen Maurie Fa'asavalu play for Harlequins are in for a treat. He is a big hitter and a strong runner.
"The other thing that I look at is the half-backs, the nine and 10, (Kahn Fotualii and Pisi), who are both quality players. So it is going to be a really tough Test match for us, but all the boys have real belief in what we are about."
Scotland are sweating on the fitness of centre Nick De Luca, who will be replaced by Joe Ansbro if his thigh problem prevents him from playing on Saturday.
Glasgow flanker Rob Harley could make his debut during the June internationals after he was named on the bench after John Barclay went home to prepare for his wedding.
Scrum-half Mike Blair and wing Max Evans, who started against Fiji, are included among the replacements as they swap roles with Chris Cusiter and Sean Lamont.
Samoa: 15 Fa'atoina Autagavai, 14 Paul Perez, 13 Fautua Otto, 12 Paul Williams, 11 David Lemi (c), 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Maurie Fa'asavalu, 6 Ben Masoe, 5 Daniel Crichton, 4 Fa'atiga Lemalu, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Ti'i Paulo, 1 Sakaria Taulafo.
Replacements: 16 Wayne Ole Avei, 17 Logovi'i Mulipola, 18 Joe Tekori, 19 Afa Aioni, 20 Jeremy Sua, 21 Ki Anufe, 22 Lolo Lui.
Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Greig Laidlaw, 9 Chris Cusiter, 8 Richie Vernon, 7 Ross Rennie, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Alastair Kellock, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Geoff Cross, 18 Tom Ryder, 19 Robert Harley, 20 Mike Blair, 21 Duncan Weir, 22 Max Evans.