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    Scotland made a quick start with an early try but had to hang on for a 44-38 victory over Samoa in a try-filled Test at Murrayfield.

    Stuart Hogg crossed inside 90 seconds for the first of six Scottish tries to set the foundation for home success and there were also five-pointers for Stuart McInally (2), Huw Jones, Alex Dunbar and substitute Pete Horne.

    Samoa replied with five tries, four of them coming in a spirited second-half display as they gave the Scots a stiff examination.

    Scotland made the perfect start after a Finn Russell chip to get through the defence and a hack-on by Tommy Seymour bounced perfectly for fullback Hogg to go over.

    Debutant lock Josh Tyrell claimed a pushover try for Samoa just before the 30-minute mark but the Scots responded with two tries to go into the interval 25-10 ahead.

    Jones used his speed to slip the Samoa defence and McInally got his first on the stroke of halftime.

    McInally’s second try, almost identical to the first as Scotland used their strength in the maul, came six minutes into the second half as the home side opened up a 22-point gap.

    But tries from Piula Fa’asalele and Tim Nanai-Williams, playing at No.10 for the first time, suddenly brought Samoa right back into contention as the deficit was reduced to 32-24.

    The sides traded scores with Dunbar fighting his way over after a clever pick-up from Lee Jones but Samoa responding straight from the kick-off as Kieron Fonotia crashed over the line.

    Hogg’s counter-attack set Horne up to take Scotland over 40 points but Samoa stayed in contention when Ofisa Treviranus went over under the posts.

    Scotland next play New Zealand and Australia.

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    • November 12th 2017 @ 3:45pm
      Cuw said | November 12th 2017 @ 3:45pm | ! Report

      very neat attack but club-like defence from both sides – best illustrated by the try scored by Samoa flanker near the end.

      also these Samoans need a bit of work upstairs – else it becomes a difficult proposition to support them.

      like when Hogg kicked out from just outside their 25 into the Samoa 25 and the Samoans took a quick throw in from their 25 rather than near Scot’s 25. what stupidity !!!

      also TNW is a fine player but he is not a 10 for me. a 12 yes but not a fly half. true Samoa have financial problems , but surely they can find a proper 10 who plays at 10 regularly ??

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        November 14th 2017 @ 1:26am
        ChrisG said | November 14th 2017 @ 1:26am | ! Report

        I agree. TNW is a good player but putting him in at 10 when he doesn’t play there regularly is not a smart move.

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