Scotland 44-38 Samoa match report: Scots get Autumn tests opening win - Ruck

Scotland 44-38 Samoa match report: Scots get Autumn tests opening win

Scotland kicked off their Autumn test matches with a nervy but exciting six-point win over plucky Samoa in front of a soldout crowd at Murrayfield.

Tries from full-back Stuart Hogg and centre Huw Jones, plus a pushover brace from Stuart McInally put the Scots in control.

But Samoa scored four second-half tries, adding to Josh Tyrell’s earlier effort, to keep in touch.

Ofisa Treviranus’ opportunistic touchdown set up a nervy final two minutes for Scotland, but Gregor Townsend’s men held on for the victory.

2017: Scotland won 44-38 at Murrayfield
2015: Scotland won 36-33 in Newcastle
2013: Samoa won 27-17 in Durban
2012: Scotland won 17-16 in Apia
2010: Scotland won 19-16 in Aberdeen
2005: Scotland won 18-11 at Murrayfield
2004: Scotland won 38-3 in Wellington

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Lee Jones, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay (c), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Willem Nel, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Darryl Marfo
Replacements: 16 George Turner, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Cornell Du Preez, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Pete Horne, 23 Chris Harris
Samoa: 15 Ahsee Tuala, 14 Paul Perez, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Reynold Lee-Lo, 11 David Lemi, 10 Tim Nanai Williams, 9 Pele Cowley, 8 Jack Lam, 7 TJ Ioane, 6 Piula Fa’asalele, 5 Chris Vui (c), 4 Josh Tyrell, 3 Donald Brighouse, 2 Manu Leiataua, 1 Jordan Lay
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 James Lay, 18 Hisa Sasagi, 19 Fa’Atiga Lemalu, 20 Ofisa Treviranus, 21 Mealani Matavao, 22 Aj Alatimu, 23 Alapati Leiua
Date: Saturday, November 11
Venue: Murrayfield
Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), George Clancy (Ireland)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)
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