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Rugby Union: Scotland 19-16 Samoa

Scotland have defeated Samoa this afternoon with a last gasp final kick of the game penalty in Aberdeen.

Local boy Ruaridh Jackson was the hero for the home side as he had the responsibility of taking the final penalty as Dan Parks had been substituted minutes earlier.

The result means Scotland have not lost a rugby international against Samoa, but, as the scoreline suggests, the visitors came very close to getting a result today.

Scotland, keen to build on last week’s success against South Africa, were quickly off the mark with a Dan Parks penalty in the opening minutes, but Samoa showed why they are such a threat soon after as Kahn Fotuall’i grabbed a try which was also converted by Paul Williams to give them the lead, 3-7.

Scotland hit back with a try of their own just six minutes later when Dan Parks picked out a great run from Nikki Walker with a good pass to put the Scotsman in for a good try. The gap was opened by an excellent dummy run from Graeme Morrison which drew two men and opened enough of a hole. Parks followed up with the conversion to take the score to 10-7.

Parks then added a penalty before Paul Williams added one for the visitors taking the score to 13-10, a score which would remain until half time.

Almost immediately in the second half, Samoa were level as Scotland got themselves mixed up receiving the kick off and gave away a penalty following a knock-on from a dropped kick-off. Paul Williams put Samoa level on 13-13.

15 minutes later and Dan Parks knocked over a drop goal after good Scottish pressure to take the hosts ahead 16-13.

Samoa pulled themselves back into this match with a fierce bit of recycling ending perilously close to the Scottish line. Scotland infringed, and Williams took the three points. 16-16, with minutes remaining.

In the last two minutes, Scotland worked themselves within drop-goal range, but were rewarded between the Samoan 22 and ten metre line when replacement Joe Tekori was pinged for pulling down a maul, setting up home hero Ruaridh Jackson for a nervy, last-minute kick for goal.

As the seconds ticked past 80, the youngster held his nerve to send Scottish fans into raptures.

Samoa looked dejected, as they had kept themselves in contention throughout, despite having never led this match, they will feel, understandably, that they were within mere metres of the try that would surely have sealed this match.

Once again, Scotland are more than just brave: today, they were simply professional, as they ground out a hard-fought victory against quality opposition.

If they build on their past two successes, and can find the key to scoring more tries, Scotland could feasibly get some good scalps in next year’s Six Nations tournament.

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