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Kick-off local time : Sat, 08 June 2013 - 14h00
Kick-off : Sat, 08 June 2013 - 14h00
Venue : Durban
Referee : John Lacey (Ireland)
Match status : Result
  Samoa Scotland
Tries Alesana Tuilagi (12min) and Alesana Tuilagi (63min)
Penalties Greig Laidlaw (10min), Greig Laidlaw (18min), Greig Laidlaw (32min), and Greig Laidlaw (42min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
Minute Commentary


So Samoa come away with a historic win over Scotland. Be sure to join us for live coverage of the main game between the Springboks and Samoa.


Scotland in their desperation, concede a penalty at the resulting scrum. Samoa kick the ball into row F and that's FULL-TIME!


Scotland take it quickly and again they butcher it with a knock-on. That was their last chance!


Scotland pile on the pressure at scrum time but Samoa scramble and kick down field. Scotland counter and Samoa concede an offside penalty.


Scotland butcher the opportunity as they knock-on trying to get their driving maul going.


A plethora of lazy Samoan runners see Scotland set up a 5m line-out - they don't want the three points, they want to win this game.


PENALTY! So'oialo extends the lead after Beattie played the ball on the ground.


Scotland force the issue as they look to hit back but a poor pass by Visser only results in a turnover.


An entertaining sequence of play as Scotland attack before Samoa get a turnover and counter ends in a scrum for Samoa inside Scotland territory from where Tuilagi steamrolls Horne and canters over for his second TRY! So'oialo kicks the CONVERSION.


Leiua breaks away brilliantly and puts it on the boot. It's an all out sprint but the ball rolls out in goal.


Samoa's defence holds firm, forcing Laidlaw to kick and it's too far.


Sua takes a quick tap deep inside his half, looking to catch Scotland napping, only to spill the ball.


Their lead is short-lived, though, So'oialo leveling the scores after a line-out infringement by Kellock.


TRY! Samoa make an absolute meal of the scrum as miscommunication leads to a turnover. Scotland swing it wide quickly and Lamont goes over in the corner. Laidlaw can't add the extras but Scotland have hit the front.


Scotland opt to go the direct route, sucking in defenders, but good pressure at the breakdown by Samoa results in a Scottish knock-on.


Samoa naively attempt to run out of their 22 only to be forced into touch.


Johnston smashes little Laidlaw with a late no arms tackle. It's only a penalty though so Scotland set up the line-out.


PENALTY! Lawrie wins a penalty on the deck so Laidlaw will have a shot at goal - his most difficult of the day - and he nails it.


The second half is underway as Samoa look to secure their first ever win over an out-of-sorts Scottish side.


Samoa try to find space with a chip but Scotland get possession. They kick down field and Samoa are happy to hoof it out. That's HALF-TIME, Samoa full value for their 14-9 lead.


Laidlaw looks to get out of his half but kicks out on the full.


Samoa turn up the heat at scrum time but Scotland do well to control the ball and find touch.


Pisi nearly scores after brilliant handling by Samoa. The Islanders rush things and subsequently knock-on at the ruck from a metre out. Some white-line fever there.


PENALTY! Samoa sack a Scotland driving maul illegally, which allows Laidlaw to narrow the gap.


Scotland's lack of accuracy again lets them down as a wayward pass stifles their momentum.


Scotland make a mess of the line-out and Samoa come away with it. The kick is partially charged down and Samoa breakaway but a knock-on puts paid to the movement and a scrum penalty sees Scotland get out of their half.


Scotland are starting the find some attacking momentum; Lamont making headway. Now the Scots kick for territory and Samoa respond but it's a poor kick.


Scotland look threatening for the first time as Visser bolts down the left wing. He's brought down and Samoa manage to slow the ball down effectively before the Scots knock-on at the ruck.


Scotland weather another Samoan onslaught and are let off the hook as So'oialo misses a regulation kick at goal.


Laidlaw pulls another three points back with a PENALTY!


Tuilagi goes over for Samoa’s second TRY after some great hands by forwards and backs alike. So’oialo adds the CONVERSION.


Laidlaw strikes back with a PENALTY to put Scotland on the board.


So’oialo makes amends as he runs in a well-worked team TRY and adds the CONVERSION.


Scotland are blown up for hands in the ruck but So'oialo shanks it horribly.


It's a messy line-out ball but Scotland come away with it. They take it through a couple of phases before Samoa rip a turnover and clean their line.


Johnston is binged at the resulting scrum so Heathcote kicks Scotland into the Samoan 22.


And after the Samoan war cry Heathcote gets us underway and the kick-off goes straight into touch.


It’s scorching hot in Durban so the big boys - especially the likes of Samoan tighthead Johnston, weighing in at 138kg, and gargantuan wing Tuilagi - may well tire in the latter stages. We are moments away from kick-off.


This time round, Samoa are ranked higher than the Scots on the World Rankings - Samoa sitting seventh and Scotland 10th. The Pacific Islanders will be eager to vindicate their position and bag that elusive win over the Scots, but how will the respond after their humiliating 14-74 loss to the Golden Lions last weekend?


Scotland have ruled the rivalry; they’ve never lost to Samoa. They’ve won seven of the eight meetings between the teams with a 15-all draw in Edinburgh in 1995. The most recent match between the sides - in Apia last year - saw Scotland eke out a 17-16 win.


The tournament will be played under a similar system than Super Rugby whereby the winning team will earn four points with a four-try and losing (by seven or less) bonus point on offer as well. The tournament concludes on June 22 at Loftus Versfeld with a final between the first and second-place teams, preceded by a third-place play-off.


Welcome to our build-up to the four-nation tournament opener between Scotland and Samoa - the first match of double header Saturday in Durban with the Test between the Springboks and Italy to follow.
15 Tim Nanai-Williams
14 Alofa Alofa
13 Paul Perez
12 Johnny Leota
11 Alesana Tuilagi
10 Tusi Pisi
9 Kahn Fotuali'i
8 Ofisa Treviranus
7 Jack Lam
6 Alafoti Faosiliva
5 Kane Thompson
4 Teofilo Paulo
3 Census Johnston
2 Wayne Ole Avei
1 Sakaria Taulafo

23 Ken Pisi
22 Faialaga Afamasaga
21 Pele Cowley
20 Maurie Fa'asavalu
19 Iosefa Tekori
18 Anthony Perenise
17 Villiamu Afatia
16 Manu Leiataua
15 Stuart Hogg
14 Dougie Fife
13 Mark Bennett
12 Matt Scott
11 Tommy Seymour
10 Finn Russell
9 Greig Laidlaw
8 David Denton
7 Blair Cowan
6 Adam Ashe
5 Jonny Gray
4 Jim Hamilton
3 Euan Murray
2 Ross Ford
1 Ryan Grant

23 Tim Visser
22 Greig Tonks
21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
20 Robert Harley
19 Tim Swinson
18 Geoff Cross
17 Alasdair Dickinson
16 Fraser Brown