Wilson focused on getting out of Pool B

Date published: October 7 2015

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Scotland loose forward Ryan Wilson thinks his team definitely has the capacity to negotiate the tricky Pool B fixture against Samoa at St James' Park on Saturday.

Samoa are no longer in contention for a spot in the tournament quarter-final but have the opportunity to depart on a high note. Ordinarily they are dangerous opponents, but the fact they have a point to prove probably makes the islanders that much more difficult to beat.

Scotland also need to win that fixture, to secure their passage to the next phase of the competition, so there is definitely a considerable amount at stake for everybody that is involved. Wilson is under absolutely no illusions about that.

"We had a similar situation with Glasgow against Munster but this is a step up and the confidence and belief is there that we can go and win the game," said Wilson.

"Getting out of the group stage is the focus and we know we can win the game. They are a big group of players but we have to do what we wanted to do last week, go out after them."

The critical areas of concern for Scotland during their last two matches was the sluggish starts against the United States and South Africa.

They emerged unscathed against the United States but the performance was not as commanding and it could have and should have been. The result against South Africa spoke for itself.

"Samoa is a game we must win but we came up short against South Africa, there is no question about that," added Wilson.

"We have to go out and play in the first half and we didn't do that well enough. We gave away too many penalties and the boys were disappointed with the effort.

"But you can see from all our games so far that we are getting better. Our fitness in particular is something we have worked on very hard and we hope that will pay off on Saturday."

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