KOBE, 1 Oct - After suffering a heavy defeat in their last match, many teams would look upon a clash with unbeaten hosts Japan with trepidation.
Not so Samoa, who cannot wait to get back on the World Cup horse as they seek to put their chastening 34-0 defeat by Scotland behind them.
Samoa played the last six minutes against the Scots with 14 men after winger Ed Fidow was sent off. He was shown a second yellow card, and both his offences resulted in penalty tries.
Fidow will travel to Tokyo for a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday, and his dismissal means Samoa join Canada and Tonga on the most red cards in RWC history, with three.
It was the first time in RWC history a team has been awarded two penalty tries in a match, and the result also earned Samoa another unwanted record for the most World Cup penalty tries conceded, at nine.
Far from being disheartened, the Pacific Islanders are relishing Saturday's match against Japan in Toyota City.
"They're the host nation and they've got a lot of backing obviously, so that's a good opportunity for us," said assistant coach Alistair Rogers. "What better than to have a short turnaround and to play the host nation? We're looking forward to that challenge."
Keen to bounce back from their 27-3 defeat by Ireland in their first match, Scotland showed no mercy against Samoa.
"I think there were a number of factors (behind the result)," Welshman Rogers said.
"The biggest one was probably the passion that Scotland brought. They were a wounded beast and they came out firing, which we expected, but I don't think we contained that very well."
But Rogers, who was the All Blacks' performance analyst for their World Cup triumphs in 2011 and 2015, insists there were positives to take from the defeat.
"We defended well at times," he said. "There were two penalty tries and two tries from our own mistakes, so there's a good platform to build on. The biggest thing for us is to make sure our discipline is better. That's something we have to address, and we've got to address it quickly.
"We can't hide from those facts but we're obviously doing everything we can to change that around and it starts with this opportunity that we've got in four days' time (against Japan).
"The boys were disappointed (after the Scotland game) and they were hurting. (They) just want to get back on the field and make amends."