Samoa vs Scotland Live Stream, When Sean Maitland and cousin Pele Cowley were growing up together in New Zealand they never dreamed they would one day play against each other at a Rugby World Cup. Maitland, a former Canterbury and Crusaders star, will be on Scotland’s wing in Kobe on Monday night while Cowley will be Samoa’s reserve halfback.”Not a lot of people know it but my mum’s half-Samoan,” Maitland, who played three games for New Zealand Māori in 2010, told The Guardian.
“My grandad was born there, on Upolo, and emigrated in the 60s.”
Maitland – a Kilted Kiwi who has earned 43 Scotland caps since 2013 – said the cousins’ clash in Kobe was “special for the family”.
“There’s a big contingent coming over, so I hope he gets on and I get one up on him.”
It will be the first time the pair have played each other at test level.
Cowley was at halfback for Samoa’s 44-38 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield in 2017, but Maitland missed the 11-try thriller through injury.Maitland, who plays for English champions Saracens, is no stranger to squaring up to a family member.
He and Cooper swapped jerseys after the Wallabies’ 20-15 win over Scotland at Murrayfield in 2013 .
Two years earlier, they were on opposite sides when Cooper’s Queensland Reds beat Maitland’s Crusaders in the 2011 Super Rugby final.Cooper once told the Daily Telegraph he and Maitland were inspired to play rugby by watching Jonah Lomu trample over England’s Mike Catt in the 1995 Rugby World Cup semifinal.
“I was watching that game as a kid and me and Sean Maitland were running round the backyard pretending to be Jonah Lomu and running over the top of each other,” said Cooper, who claimed Maitland played the Catt role.Cooper moved to Australia at 13 and played against Maitland at international age group level.
“I was giving him grief because he was pretty much straight out of NZ and was singing the Aussie national anthem,” Maitland said in 2011. “And we were the team that won that day.”
The Daily Mail reported that Maitland and Cooper caught up on Saturday night in Kobe. Cooper is now playing for the Kinetsu Liners, based in Osaka.Cowley made his Samoa debut against Italy and is in line to earn his 13th cap against Scotland after missing Samoa’s 34-9 win over Russia in the World Cup opening round.
The 1.75m Cowley played against the All Blacks in Apia in 2015.Every day has brought a new inquisition, new questions about their mentality and their ability. It’s been uncomfortable and occasionally brutal. In various reports they’ve been called spineless, clueless and pathetic. One headline ordered them to hang their heads in shame.
At times you felt some players wanted to jump across the table and throttle their interrogators at their hotel in Kobe, but a media conference is not the place for them to vent their fury. All of that should come out against Samoa under the closed roof at the Misaki Stadium on Monday.
After the week they’ve had then, a response is surely coming. Scotland need to start well at the Misaki, need to work harder, need to defend better. The list of things they must do – and didn’t do last time out – stretches the length of Sannomiya, the city’s main drag.