Samoa break their Scottish duck
Sat, 08 Jun 2013 13:58
Ended an eight-match winless streak
Samoa scored three tries on their way to their first victory over Scotland who they beat 27-17 at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.
Giant left wing Alesana Tuilagi scored two tries as the Pacific islanders ended an eight-match winless streak against the Scots spanning 22 years since a 28-6 reverse at Murrayfield.
Early tries by fullback James So'oialo and Tuilagi gave the Samoans a comfortable lead they surrendered briefly during the second half before hitting back with 13 unanswered points.
Scotland made an embarrassing start before a small, sun-drenched crowd as flyhalf Tom Heathcote 'over cooked' his kick-off and it went directly into touch.
However, the much heavier Samoa pack were unable to take advantage from the resulting scrum on the halfway line with referee John Lacey penalising the islanders.
After some early Scottish probing, Samoa went ahead on seven minutes when a handling movement begun deep in their half ended with So'oialo going over in the corner and adding the conversion.
Scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw narrowed the gap by successfully landing a tough penalty kick only for the Samoans to cross the try-line again just 13 minutes into the opening half.
Once again the Scots were undone by slick, quick handling across the field and 117-kilogram Tuilagi stormed over in the opposite corner to So'oialo, who added the conversion.
Laidlaw fluffed a relatively easy penalty kick before atoning with a couple of successful efforts to leave Samoa 14-9 ahead at half-time after 40 minutes of good, bad and woeful rugby.
Scotland began the second half strongly with a Laidlaw penalty and a try in the corner by right wing Sean Lamont after a turnover when Samoa messed up having won a scrum.
So'oialo kicked a penalty on 54 minutes to level the Test at 17-17 and Tuilagi then struck again, using his pace and physique to brush off tackles and dot down.
After converting the try, So'oialo kicked a second penalty to give the islanders a 10-point advantage with 10 minutes left as the crowd swelled ahead of the second part of the double-header between South Africa and Italy.
Man of the match: Big Alesana Tuilagi showed both power and skill in scoring his two tries to win our vote.
Moment of the match: Tuilagi left a few Scottish defenders in his wake on the way to his second try.
Villain of the match: None
Pens: Laidlaw 4
Tries: So'oialo, Tuilagi 2
Cons: So'oialo 3
Pens: So'oialo 2
Scotland: 15 Greig Tonks, 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Kelly Brown (captain), 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Alastair Kellock, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Alasdair Dickinson.
Replacements: 16 Steven Lawrie, 17 Moray Low, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Duncan Taylor.
Samoa: 15 James Sooialo, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Paul Williams (captain), 12 Jonny Leota, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Tusiata Pisi, 9 Jeremy Sua, 8 Taiasina Tuifua, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Ofisa Treviranus, 5 Daniel Leo, 4 Teofilo Paulo, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Wayne Ole Avei, 1 Logovii Mulipola.
Replacements: 16 Maatulimanu Leiataua, 17 Sakaria Taulafo, 18 James Johnston, 19 Faatiga Lemalu, 20 Junior Poluleuligaga, 21 Brando Vaaulu, 22 Seilala Mapusua, 23 Alafoti Faosiliva.
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Sindile Mayende (South Africa)
TMO: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)
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