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Samoa

  • International Match
  • 8th Jun 2013
  • KO 13:15
  • Ground: Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban

Scotland v Samoa - Live

Last updated: 8th June 2013  

Full Time Full-time: Samoa 27-17 Scotland.

79 They do just that and will see this out. Samoa win a penalty for a scrum offence so the game is won.

78 Two minutes remain and it's Scotland banging on the Samoan door five metres out. Can Samoa hold out?

77 Samoa will throw in about ten metres from their own line and won't mind these set-piece stoppages.

76 Oh dear, they have knocked-on in that line-out. That's a coach killer.

75 Lawrie now throws five metres out from the Samoan line and they have a penalty coming soon after. This goes to the corner as Seilala Mapusua comes on for Leota. Massive moment here at Kings Park in Durban.

72 So it's almost now or never for the Scots as they are now two scores adrift. They have a scrum, 40 metres out from the Samoan line as all of Scotland's bench is now on the field. Kitchen sink time.

Penalty PENALTY, SAMOA, SO'OIALO! 27-17! Three big points for Samoa then as Beattie is offside on the ground.

68 Lamont leads the charge for Scotland over halfway before Strokosch adds his bulk. Unfortunately a knock-on arrives soon after so we're set for a Samoan scrum on their own ten-metre as time ticks on.

Conversion CONVERSION, SAMOA, SO'OIALO! 24-17! Easy enough. Big ask for Scotland then now with fifteen to go.

TRY TRY, SAMOA, TUILAGI! 22-17! Welcome to international rugby, Horne. Tuilagi bumps him off off first phase ball and then sprints under the uprights. Simple conversion coming up for So'oialo then here.

63 Prop magic from Logovii Mulipola now as his goose step and then bump off takes Samoa into Scottish territory. Play will restart though soon after with a Samoan scrum about 25 from Scotland's line.

61 Peter Horne is on for his first cap as Tonks runs with interest, closing to halfway before an offload is knocked forward by Lamont. Net result, a scrum on halfway for Sua to put in...they go wide early.

58 Scotland are back in possession with Beattie shifting the ball to a team-mate as he was under pressure from an onrushing Samoan. A concern for Scotland though here as Heathcote is down...but he's up again.

55 A big change to mention, and I use the word big for a reason. Here comes James Johnston for Census.

Penalty PENALTY, SAMOA, SO'OIALO! 17-17! And we are level at Kings Park. Solid kick from the full-back.

53 So Scotland lead for the first time today and they've done well to fight their way back from being 14-3 down. However, they could find themselves in a tied ball game as right now So'oialo lines up a kick.

51 Conversion missed by Laidlaw.

TRY TRY, SCOTLAND, LAMONT! 14-17! Scotland are over for their first try as an awful error from Sua sees the ball turned over five out and shipped wide by Heathcote. Numbers were there for Lamont to run in.

48 Scotland are certainly enjoying most of the ball right now as they power into the 22 before Heathcote spots space that keeps the momentum going. A brief stoppage now as Dickinson receives some treatment.

45 Johnston is penalised for taking out Laidlaw late so here is more territory for the Scots, booting the ball just inside the Samoan half. But this time the big defence forces Scotland back into their half.

Penalty PENALTY, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW! 14-12! Scotland continue to close the gap in Durban.

42 Samoa go off their feet early on though on their own ten-metre so here is a shot for Laidlaw from 45.

Second half Welcome back to Kings Park where Ryan Wilson is on for Brown. Pisi gets us going then in the middle.

Half Time SAMOA 14-9 SCOTLAND

40 That's it for the first half. It took a while to get going but Samoa scored two well-worked tries. We'll be back in ten.

40 That's it for the first half. It took a while to get going but Samoa scored two well-worked tries. We'll be back in ten.

39 Some poor kicking from both sides ends with Laidlaw sending it out on the full. The half will end with Samoa on the attack.

37 The scrum is a mess but Heathcote can clear. It hasn't gone far so Samoa will have another chance to attack.

35 Samoa continue to keep ball in hand and move it at pace. Some classy offloading takes play deep into the Scotland 22. A knock-on means Scotland will feed a 5m scrum.

Penalty PENALTY, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW! 14-9. No problems for the Scottish scrum-half, who brings his team within striking range.

32 Now the Scots turn to their maul and drive forward. Penalty! Samoa pinged for collapsing the maul. Laidlaw lines it up.

30 Scotland are showing a willingness to run the ball but at the moment their ball-handling is letting them down. They are soon back inside Samoa's 22 but Gilchrist knocks on again!

27 Scotland take the ball through several phases inside their own half. Heatchote eventually spots a gap behind Samoa's defence and puts through a box kick. So'oialo gathers and puts the ball out close to the halfway mark.

25 Scotland attack just outside Samoa's 22. They set up several phases but make little headway and eventually lose possession when Gilchrist knocks on.

22 So'oialo takes another shot at the posts, after the Scottish forwards are pinned for lazy running close to their try-line. But once again, the kick is off target.

Penalty PENALTY, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW! 14-6. Laidlaw succeeds with his place kick, this time, after Census Johnstone collapses a maul.

16 Laidlaw gets a chance to narrow the gap after Samoa are blown up at a ruck. The scrum-half strikes the ball well but his radar is not working and he misses the shot at goal!

Conversion CONVERSION, SAMOA, SO'OIALO! 14-3. So'oialo adds another two-pointer to push his side further ahead!

TRY TRY, SAMOA, TUILAGI! 12-3. Alesana Tuilagi rounds off after Logovii Mulipola and Taiasina Tuifua combine well in the build-up to put the big man into space!

Penalty PENALTY, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW! 7-3. Greig Laidlaw adds Scotland's first points after Jonny Leota is pinned for obstruction.

Conversion CONVERSION, SAMOA, SO'OIALO! 7-0. So'oialo adds the extras from up against the touchline to extend his side lead!

TRY TRY, SAMOA, SO'OIALO! 5-0. Alapati Leiua launches a counter-attack down the right-hand touchline and when he is confronted by a defender, he offloads to James So'oialo, who scorers in the corner!

6 James So'oialo gets a chance to open the scoring from the kicking tee, after the Scottish forwards are pinned for a ruck infringement. His effort is well struck but sails wide of the uprights.

4 Scotland attack close to Samoa's try-line but lose possession when Grant Gilchrist knocks on after taking a big hit from Jeremy Sua.

2 Census Johnston is pinned for dropping his bind at the first scrum. Heathcote puts the Scots on the attack when he kicks for touch and puts the ball out deep inside Samoa's 22.

Kick off Tom Heathcote gets the game underway! It's a shocking start as his kick goes directly into touch!

Siva Tau Scotland's players stand to attention close to the halfway line while the Samoan team do their war dance, the Siva Tau.

Anthems The two teams stand to attention and belt out their national anthems with great gusto. First up is Samoa's Banner of Freedom and it's Scotland's Flower of Scotland.

Team News Hurricanes duo Jack Lam (flanker) and Alapati Leiua (right wing ) will make their Test debuts today. They are the only new caps in coach Stephen Betham's starting line-up which also includes former Leicester Tigers wing Alesana Tuilagi, who returns to the side following a two-year absence. Betham has made nine changes to the side that lost 22-14 to France in their last Test during 2012's end-of-year tour to Europe. The only players to retain their places from that defeat are fly-half Tusiata Pisi, centre Jonny Leota, number eight Taiasina Tuifua, flanker Ofisa Treviranus, lock Teofilo Paulo and tight-head prop Census Johnston. There are two more uncapped players amongst the replacements - North Harbour hooker Maatulimanu Leiataua and Tokyo Gas centre Brando Vaaulu.

Team News Scotland boss Scott Johnson has named three new players in his starting XV for this clash. They are Edinburgh full-back Greig Tonks and the Glasgow Warriors duo, centre Alex Dunbar,and hooker Pat MacArthur. In addition there are a further three uncapped players on the bench, Stevie Lawrie, Peter Horne and Duncan Taylor, while two players in the starting line-up have won a solitary cap each, Bath's Tom Heathcote at fly-half and Grant Gilchrist of Edinburgh at lock. Ryan Grant has also dropped out of the starting XV at prop as he has flown over to Australia to join the British and Irish Lions as a replacement for Gethin Jenkins.

Welcome Good day and welcome to the Kings Park Stadium in Durban for this Test between Scotland and Samoa. The match is the first clash of a double-header at this venue, with South Africa playing hosts to Italy later today. We'll return shortly with team news for the opening game.

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