Scotland got exactly what they wanted on Monday beating Samoa 34-0 to earn not just a bonus point but some crucial points difference which should play it’s roll in the end.
There was two penalty tries in the match which did not help Samoa who could not score a point in the match.
Poor handling was part of the match as both sides struggled to hold on to the ball.
Scotland had the better start to the match putting early pressure on Samoa through some great handling between forwards and backs.
They got the lead through a penalty to open the scoring in the match and go in the lead 3-0 after 8 min.
Both teams tried their hand at running the ball but handling errors stop most of the moment as the humidity started to play it’s part in the game.
Having made most of the play Scotland reward came when Sean Maitland ended off a great passage of play from the Scots. They quickly double that up with a try from Greig Laidlaw.
Scotland's Sean Maitland completed a great try against Samoa after Finn Russell's pinpoint cross-kick in the first-half 🏉
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Laidlaw bounce off the tacklers to ran in under the uprights. He converted is own try to extend the lead.
Hogg also got on the scoreboard with a massive drop goal from Stuart Hogg to take the lead to 20-0 after 37 minutes. With minutes to go Scotland was again on attack but could not get pass the defence.
At the break Scotland led Samoa 20-0 which will leave Samoa to have a huge second half to win this one.
The second half started the same as the first with both sides again showing they want to run the ball but handling errors stop any progress they build through some great play.
With Scotland playing inside the Samoa twenty two and keeping them pinned down they got a penalty try after Samoa player came from the side to stop the try.
This gave them their third try and a 27-0 lead after 60 minutes of play.
Samoa showed some nice determination in defence and never really stopped trying which was great to see from the big islanders.
It was all drama in the last 10 minutes when Ed Fidow received a second yellow card which changed to a red card for diving into a player with the knees.
The referee Pascal Gauzere also decided to give a penalty try which will bring some talk after the game. It looked like the ball was already loss before Fidow came in with the knee which gave Scotland a bonus point win.
At the end Scotland were the better team and they will be very happy to bounce back after the Ireland loss.
Scotland: Tries – Sean Maitland, Greig Laidlaw, Penalty Try (2) Conversions – Greig Laidlaw(2) Penalty Try(2)