Samoa vs Scotland, Sat, 10/10/2015 - 14:30

Samoa
33 - 36
Full time
Scotland
Saturday, 10 October, 2015 - 14:30 | St James Park

It was an exhilarating game of rugby in Newcastle with Samoa and Scotland sharing seven tries in a dramatic game at St James’ Park.

Scotland knew a win would see them qualify for the knockout stages but Samoa, who couldn’t qualify, were determined to finish their campaign on a high.

Richie Gray led the teams out on the day he won his 50th cap and Sean Lamont came on in the second-half to become a Scotland centurion, having notched up 100 appearances for his country.

Samoa kicked the first points of the game after four minutes through fly-half Tusi Pisi, but a minute later Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw levelled the scores with a penalty of his own.

The first try wasn’t far away and it came the way of the Pacific Islanders after just ten minutes.

The impressive Tusi Pisi crossed the line and converted to give the Samoans a 10-3 lead much to the delight of their supporters.

Scotland’s Tommy Seymour did well to intercept a loose ball close to the Samoan line just a minute later and despite the TMO checking for a knock-on, the try was awarded and Laidlaw converted to level the scores at 10-10.

But once again Samoa hit back straight away and 90 seconds later were ahead 15-10 through Manu Leiataua, but this time Pisi missed the conversion.

The Scots continued to look for the five points but on 19 minutes Laidlaw closed the gap to 15-13 with a successful penalty kick.

But as was becoming routine, Samoa hit back almost immediately with an unconverted try through Reynold Lee-Lo to stretch their lead to 20-13.

Laidlaw, who was in fine kicking form throughout, closed the gap to 20-16 with a penalty on 24 minutes and three minutes later Scotland flanker Ryan Wilson was yellow carded for a stamp.

From the resultant penalty in front of the posts Pisi made it 23-16 to the Pacific Islanders.

Despite being down to 14 men Scotland continued to look for a score and got their reward when they were awarded a penalty on the half-hour mark and kicked to the corner.

The Scotland forwards did well at the line-out and John Hardie bundled over the whitewash for his second try for his country on just his fourth appearance.

The try was converted by Laidlaw to make it 23-23 with eight minutes until the break.

Two minutes later everyone in the stadium thought Samoa had scored their fourth try, but after checking with the TMO it wasn’t given, after a Samoan player had blocked a Scottish defender on their way to the line.

At the time the ref was playing advantage and so he went back for the Samoa penalty in front of the posts, which Pisi dually converted to move them ahead 26-23 at half-time.

Half-time: Samoa 26-23 Scotland

Early in the second-half Scotland won a series of penalties and each time they kicked to the corner looking for the try.

However, the Samoa defence held firm and on the fourth penalty Scotland decided to take the points and Laidlaw made it 26-26.

Scotland continued to look for gaps in the Samoa defence and following a break by Wilson they were awarded another penalty on 53 minutes. Laidlaw once again struck the ball well and Scotland moved ahead 29-26.

Scotland were then awarded two further penalties which Laidlaw attempted but he narrowly missed both and Scotland led by three points going into the final 15 minutes of a pulsating encounter.

On 70 minutes Glasgow Warriors winger Sean Lamont came off the bench to make his 100th Scotland appearance, replacing full-back Stuart Hogg. Two minutes later Scotland thought they had scored but the ball had been held up over the line.

Scotland did score their third try on 74 minutes when captain Laidlaw did well to pick up the ball from a scrum and sidestep a defender on his way to the line. His subsequent conversion meant the Scots led by 10 points.

Samoa weren’t finished though and from the re-start pilled on the pressure, with Sean Maitland defending well to snuff out their initial attack.

However, the Pacific Islanders got their fourth try moments later through Motu Matu’u and Patrick Fa’apale’s conversion meant Scotland led by three points with two minutes left on the clock.

However, Scotland held on to record a famous win, which saw them progress to the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup and they will now play either Australia or Wales at Twickenham next weekend in the knockout stages.

Full-time: Samoa 33-36 Scotland

Samoa: Tim Nanai-Williams (Ricoh Black Rams), Paul Perez (Coastal Sharks), George Pisi (Northampton Saints), Rey Lee-Lo (Cardiff Blues), Fa'atoina Autagavaia (Nevers), Tusi Pisi (Suntory Sungoliath), Kahn Fotuali'i (Northampton Saints, captain); Sakaria Taulafo (Stade Francais), Ma'atulimanu Leiataua (Aurillac), Census Johnston (Toulouse), Teofilo Paulo (Benetton Treviso), Kane Thompson (Newcastle Falcons), Maurie Faasavalu (Bath), Jack Lam (Bristol), Alafoti Faosiliva (Bath).

Replacements: Motu Matu'u (Wellington Hurricanes), Viliamu Afatia (Agen), Anthony Perenise (Bristol), Faifili Levave (Wellington Lions), Vavae Tuilagi (Carcassonne), Vavao Afemai (Manu 7s), Patrick Faapale (Manu 7s), Ken Pisi (Northampton Saints).

Scotland: Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Maitland (London Irish), Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors), Matt Scott (Edinburgh), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors). Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester, captain); Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), WP Nel (Edinburgh), R Gray (Castres), J Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors), John Hardie (unattached), David Denton (Edinburgh).

Replacements: Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors), Jon Welsh (Newcastle Falcons), Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), Josh Strauss (Glasgow Warriors), Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors), Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors).

Sin bin: Wilson (28).

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Rugby World Cup 2015 - Pool B latest results

USA 18 v 28 Japan
Samoa 33 v 36 Scotland
South Africa 64 v 0 USA
South Africa 34 v 16 Scotland
Samoa 5 v 26 Japan