Robertson Disappointed With Late Loss

Colin Robertson admits he was bitterly disappointed after a very late flurry from Samoa led to two tries to defeat Scotland in the opening match of the 2008 Junior World Championship in Wrexham.Samoa 29 Scotland 17

Colin Robertson admits he was bitterly disappointed after a very late flurry from Samoa led to two tries to defeat Scotland in the opening match of the 2008 Junior World Championship in Wrexham.

Captain Ruaridh Jackson and Lee Jones both crossed the whitewash to put Scotland in a strong position while Stevie McColl contributed seven points with the boot.

But Samoa staged a late surge which translated into two late tries which enabled the Pacific Islanders to clinch a win.

Robertson said: "It was very disappointing to lose, but our guys put in a credible performance against a very physical side.

_x001C_Unfortunately the last three minutes proved to be the difference on the night.

_x001C_It was sickening to lose because it was so close and any neutral watching the game would say that we deserved a draw at least.

_x001C_Nevertheless the guys are still pretty upbeat and we are confident we can bounce back and make an impact in the tournament."

Scotland: Peter Horne (Howe of Fife), Lee Jones (Selkirk), Chris Kinloch (Edinburgh Academicals and National Senior Academy), Stevie McColl (Dunfermline and National Senior Academy), Paul Loudon (Durham University), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Hawks and National Senior Academy) CAPTAIN, Peter Jericevich (GHA and National Senior Academy); Gary Strain (Glasgow Hawks and National Junior Academy), Adrian Duncan (Stewart's-Melville FP and National Senior Academy), Joe Stafford (Hillhead/Jordanhill and National Senior Academy), Fraser McKenzie (Heriot's and National Senior Academy), Richie Gray (Stirling County and National Senior Academy), Steven Burton (Currie), Craig Simmonds (Heriot's), Andrew Rose (Hartpury College)

Substitutes: Niall Shannon (Aberdeen Grammar FP) for Duncan on 87, Lewis Niven (Edinburgh Academicals) for Stafford on 66, Neale Patrick (Dunfermline) for McKenzie on 63, Lewis Calder (Newcastle Falcons) for Rose on 71, Ross Samson (Newcastle Falcons) for Jericevich on 63, James Murray ((Leeds Carnegie and Edinburgh Academicals) for Horne on 66, Tom Bury (Boroughmuir and National Junior Academy) for Loudon on 70.