Results of matches between Mate Maa Tonga and Italy tomorrow morning (NZT) and France and Toa Samoa on Tuesday morning will determine the final make-up of the quarter-finals at the Rugby League World Cup.
The Italians have everything to play for when they meet the Samoans in the final Group C match at The Shay in Halifax (SKY Sport 5.00am NZT). They must win if theyre to advance.
As it stands Scotland leads the points table with five from two wins and a draw with Italy second on three points and Tonga third on two. The Scots and Italy have the same points for and points against differential of plus 16 points.
Any win will carry Italy through to a quarter-final against the Kiwis at Headingley in Leeds next Saturday morning. A loss or draw would see the Scotland Bravehearts progressing to face the Kiwis.
The only quarter-final match-up confirmed so far is between Group A winner Australia and Group D winner the United States Tomahawks at Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium in Wrexham next Sunday morning (NZT).
The Kangaroos claimed Group A with a three-from-three record after beating Ireland 50-0 in Limerick today while Englands 34-12 win over Fiji Bati in Hull gave it second place and consigned the Fijians to third.
The quarter-final opponents for England and Fiji will be determined by Tuesday mornings final Group B encounter between France and Toa Samoa at Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan (both sitting on two points at the moment). The side winning this match will finish second in the group to earn a quarter-final against Fiji while the loser (the third place finisher in Group B) will take on England. If the match is drawn the Samoans will take second spot through a vastly superior points for and points against differential.
The quarter-final draw is (NZT):
Saturday, November 16: New Zealand v Scotland or Italy, Headingley Leeds (live SKY Sport 2, 9.00am kick-off)
Sunday, November 17: Australia v United States, Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium, Wrexham (live SKY Sport 2, 2.00am kick-off)
Sunday, November 17: England v Toa Samoa or France, DW Stadium, Wigan (live SKY Sport, 9.00am kick-off)
Monday, November 18: Toa Samoa or France v Fiji, Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington (live SKY Sport, 4.00am kick-off)