Samoa end six match losing streak to Scotland

Samoa ended a six match losing streak to Scotland when they beat the Six Nations team 27-17 at Kings Park in Durban.

Samoa were helped to their first ever victory over Scotland by a brace of tries
by winger Alesana Tuilagi.

James So’oialo scored the other 17 points for the island nation, with the Scots
only try coming from Sean Lamont – a score that momentarily gave them the lead
after Greig Laidlaw’s four earlier penalties.

South Africa and Italy are the other two teams involved in the series and clash
later on at the same venue.

The Samoans and Scots did, however, provide an entertaining curtain-raiser
for the small crowd that arrived early for the unique double header.

Samoa settled quickly and, after missing an early penalty, So’oialo went over
for the first try eight minutes into the game, after collecting an inside pass
from Alapati Leiua.

Laidlaw replied straight after the restart when Johnny Leota took out his man
in the air, allowing the Scottish scrumhalf to pull three points back.

Some shoddy defending by the Scots saw them concede another try as quick hands
by the Samoan defence ended with Taiasina Tuifua passing outside to Tuilagi
to run in on the left corner.

Laidlaw then had two chances to put points on the board for his team, taking
the second chance to make it 14-6 when the islanders were penalised for collapsing
the maul.

Another So’oialo penalty miss followed just after the 20 minute mark and Scotland
should have pulled back a try on the half-hour when Matt Scott’s wayward pass
to the left evaded two attackers with the line gaping.

However, Laidlaw added a third penalty not long after when Filo Paulo entered
a ruck from the side with the gap remaining at five heading into the interval.

The lead was cut to two points at the start of the second half when replacement
Manu Leiatua failed to release the ball and Laidlaw’s popped over from over
40 metres out on the right.

Scotland took the lead for the first time in the 50th minute when Lamont crossed
in the right corner after a superb scrum by the back led to an overturn of possession
five metres out.

Less than three minutes later, though, So’oialo landed a straightforward penalty
to draw the scores level after a mistake by Alastair Kellock.

The Samoans retook the lead after the hour when Tuilagi bulldozed his way past
four defenders after collecting the ball on the 22-metre line.

So’oialo succeeded with a simple conversion and another penalty afterwards
as Samoa moved clear and held on for the win.

Final Score Samoa 27 (14) Scotland 17 (9)


Tries: James So’oialo, Alesana Tuilagi (2)
Conversions: So’oialo (3)
Penalties: So’oialo (2)

Try: Sean Lamont.
Penalties: Greig Laidlaw (4)

Match Official
: John Lacey (IRL)



Greig Tonks; Sean Lamont, Alex Dunbar, Matt Scott, Tim Visser; Tom Heathcote, Greig Laidlaw; Johnnie Beattie, Kelly Brown (capt), Alasdair Strokosch; Alastair Kellock, Grant Gilchrist; Euan Murray, Pat MacArthur, Ryan Grant

Replacements: Steven Lawrie, Alasdair Dickinson, Geoff Cross, Jim Hamilton, Ryan Wilson, Henry Pyrgos, Peter Horne, Duncan Taylor


James So’oialo; Alapati Leiua, Paul Williams (capt), Johnny Leota, Alesana Tuilagi; Tusi Pisi, Jeremy Su’a; Taiasina Tuifu’a, Jack Lam, Ofisa Treviranus; Daniel Leo, Filo Paulo; Census Johnston, Ole Avei, Logovi’i Mulipola

Replacements :Manu Leiatua, Sakaria Taulafo, James Johnston, Faatiga Lemalu, Alafoti Fa’osiliva, Junior Poluleuligaga, Brando Va’aulu, Seilala Mapusua

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