New Zealand Vs Scotland
Back across the Tasman Sea as New Zealand return to action against Scotland over at Christchurch.
The Kiwis have made changes from their win over Samoa, with youngster Te Maire Martin coming in with the likes of Peta Hiku and Jason Nightingale.
Scotland meanwhile, have brought in Sydney Roosters youngster Jarred Anderson for Frankie Mariano following their heavy defeat to Tonga.
But despite that, this game can only go one way right? Surely not a repeat of the Four Nations encounter?
Hardly, the Kiwis are on home soil and are desperate for some glory and given their personnel, they will overwhelm the Brave Hearts from the off.
Shaun Johnson will dictate the play with his speed and skill, he and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will help ‘newbie’ Maire Martin settle in to International life too.
That’s just the back line, the front row of Martin Taupau, Elijah Taylor and Jarrad Waerea-Hargreaves are all formidable and will wish to build further momentum here as they head towards the knock-out stage.
And with Adam Blair lining up at loose-forward to captain them, New Zealand hold all the aces.
All Scotland can do is provide any form of brave resistance but it will prove futile.
Of course skipper Danny Brough is capable of many things but he needs to step up more than ever to avoid a potential embarrassing score.
Who knows, maybe due to defeat being imminent, the Brave Hearts will try anything form of attack?
Backs such as Lewis Tierney, Alex Walker, Matty Russell and Ben Hellewell may experiment and adapt a few manoeuvres to their play?
It’s possible but they need the pack to help them there and though Luke Douglas and Ben Kavanagh are capable of exciting attack, here; it is a bridge too far.
So a fairly easy win for New Zealand looks the case, or can Scotland pull off the impossible?