Winless Samoa book WC Darwin date with Kangaroos
They failed to win a game in the group stages and looked far from impressive in their draw with minnows Scotland.
But Samoa have vowed not to be roadkill for tournament favourites Australia when they meet in the Rugby League World Cup quarter-finals in Darwin on Saturday.
Samoa advanced to the knockout stages by the skin of their teeth after playing out a 14-14 draw with the Scots in Cairns on Saturday.
While they finished without a victory in their first three matches, it was enough to see them finish third in group B.
They now shape as cannon-fodder for the Kangaroos, who completed their warm-up for the knockout stages with a 34-0 win over Lebanon.
However Toa Samoa coach Matt Parish was talking tough and bullish about their chances.
"If we play well, we can compete with anyone in the world," he said when asked about his side's chances of springing the greatest upset in tournament history.
"If we hold the ball, we'll compete with anyone in the world.
"But at the moment, unfortunately, what we're doing on the training field isn't translating onto the footy field."
Parish was buoyant about Samoa's chances of causing a boilover after Tonga - a fellow tier two nation - upset New Zealand in the game of the tournament on Saturday.
Samoa failed to impress in their previous 38-8 loss to New Zealand and a 32-18 defeat at the hands of Tonga.
And Parish was clearly unimpressed after his side committed 15 errors against the Bravehearts and warned they needed to improve to compete against the world's best.
"We're still alive, we've got plenty of ticker," Parish said.
"I can tell you what we're not going to do - we're not going to roll over and let them run over the top of us.
"Our problem is our errors. When we don't make them, we compete against anyone in the world. And we will."