Wales U20 vs Samoa U20
Competition: World Rugby Under 20 Championship
Date: 08 June 2017
Kick-off: 11:00 CET
For these two sides, the possibility of a final’s berth is impossible, but the structure of the tournament still sees them eyeing the tier above where they sit, on no points. Wales will feel they are owed 5th-8th, but so will Samoa.
It has not been an easy tournament for Wales, they have been paired with the devastating England, as well as the strong Australians, and they have come off second best on both occasions. It has left them with just the one point, and that came through a losing bonus point in the first game against Australia. In their second game against England they had a period of early dominance that would have given them a lot of hope, but as the English rallied, the Welsh were overcome and fell away. Samoa won’t be nearly as well structured as either Australia or England, nor even ass structured as well as Wales, and so the men from the UK will aim to take advantage.
The Samoans have also fallen foul of the much more structured and clinical Australians and English. The Islanders are very much like their senior counterparts, full of power and talent, but without the organisation to cause any issues. They sit also with single point as both the teams they have played have beaten them comfortably, but managing to score four tries, and the English making a mockery of it all. Samoa will have to do a lot to make it into the middle tier of the play-off games, and they will have to start by beating Wales, then they will need a lot of other teams to fail so they can pull ahead with a maximum of six points in total.
Wales U20 vs Samoa U20: Tournament performance
Wales claimed a losing bonus point in their 17-24 loss to Australia in the opening match, then when they played England they were leading for a while only for the fellow united Kingdom side to end up winning 34-22.
Samoa took a huge beating from England in their first game, losing 74-17 as their opponents ran riot They managed to score four tries against the Australians, but still lost that one 33-26.
Wales U20 vs Samoa U20: Prediction
Samoa have the raw talent while Wales are still learning the ropes, there is no doubt that the Welsh as more prepared however. If the Samoans can dominate for at least half the game they will do enough to win, but that even seems unlikely.
Wales U20 vs Samoa U20: Tips
Back the Island nation to still be heavily into their scoring, even if you back them to lose. They have try scorers, but poor defence.