Rugby World Cup
Scots face Aussies in QF after seeing off Samoa
Captain Greig Laidlaw scored 26 points in a closely fought battle in front of a capacity crowd at St James’ Park, Newcastle. The Scots will now head to Twickenham to face the Australians who beat Wales 15-6 at the same venue. Wales will play South Africa.
The Scots had to endure pressure from a valiant Samoan team who were already eliminated but were trying to secure a third place in order to confirm their place at the 2019 tournament.
With Scotland leading by ten points with a only a few minutes left on the clock, Samoa scored a try and a conversion to guarantee a tense finale.
Scotland: Tries – Seymour (12′), Hardie (32′), Laidlaw (74′); Conversions – Laidlaw (3); Penalties – Laidlaw (5)
Samoa: Tries – Pisi (11′), Leiataua (14′), Lee-Lo (21′), Matu’u (78′); Conversion – Patrick Fa’apale, Tusi Pisi; Penalties – Tusi Pisi (3)
SCOTLAND: Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Maitland (London Irish), Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors), Matt Scott (Edinburgh), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors). Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester, captain); Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), WP Nel (Edinburgh), R Gray (Castres), J Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors), John Hardie (unattached), David Denton (Edinburgh)
SAMOA: Tim Nanai-Williams (Ricoh Black Rams), Paul Perez (Coastal Sharks), George Pisi (Northampton Saints), Rey Lee-Lo (Cardiff Blues), Fa’atoina Autagavaia (Nevers), Tusi Pisi (Suntory Sungoliath), Kahn Fotuali’i (Northampton Saints, captain); Sakaria Taulafo (Stade Francais), Ma’atulimanu Leiataua (Aurillac), Census Johnston (Toulouse), Teofilo Paulo (Benetton Treviso), Kane Thompson (Newcastle Falcons), Maurie Faasavalu (Bath), Jack Lam (Bristol), Alafoti Faosiliva (Bath)