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Manu Samoa come here as favourites against Scotland following their 24-14 win over Tonga last weekend. While Samoan rugby has thrived on flying backs and ball-running forwards, Jones believes his team need more discipline in their game when they meet Scotland at Wellington Stadium.
"We always try to emulate that style of abrasive, fast and furious rugby, but at the same time we need to be very smart to get a good result," said the former All Black star.
"While staying true to our natural talents of running wide, keeping the ball in hand and tackling hard, we also need to have structure and discipline. We want to be more tactical and maybe even a bit more risk-free."
Jones is looking for a winning combination of Polynesian power and flair and a structured game plan. With Chiefs Super 12 speedster Lome Fa'atau on the wing, veteran Brian Lima at fly half, captain Semo Sititi at No 8 and former Blues Super 12 and Auckland lock Leo Lafaiali'i packing down, Samoa have retained some of their seasoned performers from last year's World Cup.
Samoa opted to play their "home" test in the midst of a cold Wellington winter in a bid to make some money for the hard-pressed Samoa Rugby Union.
A crowd of around 15,000 is expected, mostly from New Zealand's 100,000-plus strong Samoan community, including favourite son ,b>Tana Umaga who this week became All Black captain.
Scotland arrived today (Thursday) having finished the Six-Nations season without a win, scoring 53 points and conceding 146 in their five games. Their southern hemisphere tour started with a 5-41 thumping from Queensland last weekend.
They have already lost three leading players - flanker Cameron Mather, prop Euan Murray and fullback Robbie Kydd - to injury.
Winger Sean Lamont will make his test debut against the Samoans, as will Hugo Southwell if he gets a run off the bench, coach Matt Williams says. "When you consider the number of players that are unavailable through injury, I think we counted 12, it means that we're starting to grow a base of players that can, one, put pressure on each other, and two, that are available to us."
He got some relief in Australia Wednesday night when the side defeated a New South Wales Country side 48-10. For Williams it was his first win since becoming Scotland coach. "Win lose or draw, where we are with Scotland tomorrow is the same," Williams said after the win.
"But obviously a win is certainly better than losing. It's great for the guys to get a bit of self-confidence up. When you're working hard and you're losing, it's pretty demoralising, so the fact that they got a good win under their belts, it's good for the whole squad."
Samoa: Tanner Vili, Lome Fa'atau, Dale Rasmussen, Brian Lima, Sailosi Tagicakibau, Roger Warren, Steven So'oialo, Semo Sititi (captain), Ulia Ulia, Siaosi Vaili, Opeta Palepoi, Leo Lafaiali'i, Tamato Leupolu, Jonathan Meredith, Kas Lealamanua. Rplacements: Loleni Tafunai, Simon Lemalu, Kitiona Viliamu, Michael Von Dincklage, John Senio, Mussolini Schuster, David Lemi.
Scotland: Chris Paterson, Sean Lamont, Ben Hinshelwood, Andy Henderson, Simon Webster, Gordon Ross, Chris Cusiter, Allister Hogg, Donnie Macfadyen, Jason White, Scott Murray (captain), Stuart Grimes, Bruce Douglas, Gordon Bulloch, Tom Smith. Replacements: Steve Scott, Craig Smith, Iain Fullarton, Jon Petrie, Mike Blair, Dan Parks, Hugo Southwell.
AFP - 2004.