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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Scotland snatch last gasp win over Samoa

Scotland snatch last gasp win over Samoa

Scotland came from behind to take a half time lead and eventually sneak the win as a late Ruaridh Jackson penalty kick helped the home side beat Samoa 19-16 in Aberdeen on Saturday. Its Scotlands fifth win in their last six Tests this year.

Samoa scored a lovely converted try through their ever impressive scrumhalf Khan Fotualii after a neat chip ahead from George Pisi. Nikki Walker then crossed for a rare Scottish try that came from a neatly worked set piece move.

Dan Parks kept the scoreboard ticking and at 16-13 up after a dropgoal and a few penalties, it took the boot of Paul Williams to keep Samoa in the game and get things level.

Replacement flyhalf Jackson came on for his second ever Test with twenty minutes left and kept his nerve to slot the deciding penalty with time up in front of his home ground.

"I've supported Aberdeen since I was a kiddie and loved going to Pittodrie to support them. In those days I imagined that one day I might get the chance to get out on to that pitch and score an important goal," Jackson said.

"I was pretty nervous when I prepared to take the penalty. I just lined it up as usual - connected well, and thankfully it sailed between the posts.

"OK, it turned out it wasn't for Aberdeen - but you can't get better than claiming the winner for your country. I hope I have also brought back the winning feeling and a bit of sporting joy to the city and that the football lads can take some inspiration and start getting some good results again.

"After the final whistle sounded I ran across to my girlfriend Kirsty and her folks - then my mum and dad came down to the side of the pitch and she gave me a huge hug.

"It was all just magical," he beamed.


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Posted at 8:00 pm | 26 comments

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Stubby December 01, 2010 8:06 pm

damned flash plug in crashed

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Laz December 01, 2010 8:10 pm

In the time it took you to make that comment you could have refreshed the page and it would be working! :)

Stop the press, Scotland scored a try. Their record is actually quite good now, especially for this season. Well done by Jackson to kick that.

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Stubby December 01, 2010 8:14 pm

What was the penalty that gave them the kick? I couldn't tell.

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Anonymous December 01, 2010 8:29 pm

How long can a kicker take from the time the penalty is given. I was under the impression that it was only a minute?

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creggs08 December 01, 2010 9:08 pm

RD on the fourth paragraph i thinks you mean to say "replacement out-half jackson held his nerve" instead of hold his "never".

anyway looked like a pretty good team. it seems to me though that if the likes of samoa and fiji had a bit more time before the tests they could of won a good few matches. hope they do well in world cup next year :)

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Anonymous December 01, 2010 9:48 pm

mapusua is a legend.id say he'd start for most big international teams. probly have trouble getting onto the new zealand team at the moment but any other team he'd walk onto

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Anonymous December 01, 2010 11:23 pm

that first try for samoa is pure class!!! the little kick is just awesome!!

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Dana December 01, 2010 11:39 pm

what was that penalty for....????...Scotland were lucky

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Anonymous December 01, 2010 11:48 pm

A bit of luck, but I'll take it.

Good for Jackson the local hero.

I like the way Scotland are winning with Robinson.

It's a good platform to build better rugby on.

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Tom December 02, 2010 12:07 am

What was the last penalty for?
Looked like the Scots spilled the ball.

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Believer December 02, 2010 1:38 am

This was a much bette win than it may seem on the surface!

Samoa were a VERY good team as they showed in running the other home nations close, but you can also bet that they raised their game even more for this one as, just like Italy and other, they will still see Scotland as the one they can win, so taking that into account, Scotland did magnificently well to scrape a victory considering all the injuries they had.

Also, this is the exact kind of match which a couple of years ago, maybe even last year remembering the Wales debacle, Scotland probably wouldn't have seen out. The fact that they are now, under Robinson, getting these all important victories by whatever means, and actually seeing out matches when they are ahead (SA being a prime example) bodes very well for the future.

NZ was a blip, but make no mistake, Scotlands improvement is continuing and any team apart from probably NZ should take them lightly at their peril!

It's going to be an interesting 6N i feel. France away first, and if they don't hit a good day and improve from the Aussie match then they'll be there for the taking, and with 3 home games against Wales, Ireland and Italy, i think you could do worse than a cheeky tenner on the Scots for the championship! ;)

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Anonymous December 02, 2010 1:41 am

yeah if you dont mind giving tenners away.

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Dr Fil December 02, 2010 1:47 am

creggs08 said...RD on the fourth paragraph i thinks you mean to say "replacement out-half jackson held his nerve" instead of hold his "never".. if the likes of samoa and fiji had a bit more time before the tests they could of won a good few matches. hope they do well in world cup next year :)

@cregg: you say "thinks" instead of "think" and "could of" instead of "could have" or "could've" :-)

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Dr Fil December 02, 2010 1:49 am

I said cregg instead of creggs08. :-(

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Anonymous December 02, 2010 2:58 am

(: im glad we kept up the win after SA

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Anonymous December 02, 2010 3:16 am

That scottish commentator (forget his name) is so full of shit. As soon as he starts talking I stop listening.

As for this new fly-half; he may be a good player. but how can they guy make a judgement on him, hes played less than 40minutes of international rugby. I rekon he'll play in the 6nations and get smashed by all of the teams

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Resident Troll December 02, 2010 4:20 am

^^^^^

I thought you said you stop listening...

...so how do you know that the commentator made a comment on him...

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Anonymous December 02, 2010 4:29 am

like other teams said, we're glad were not in the same pool with Samoa or Fiji(2011 rwc) i kinda feel sorry for wales :'(

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NiWiTa December 02, 2010 11:18 am

Well done Scotland - I heard Andy Robinson use the words "get in the habit of winning"...I think he is damn good coach and has it right. The mental attitude of the team and capacity to grind out the win is getting impressive

That said Samoa were great throughout the match and a little unlucky with the last penalty. I think Scotland have started making their own luck...

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Luxi December 02, 2010 12:47 pm

penalty for was iosefa tekori (no 18) being off his feet at the breakdown and ripping off the ball

and for those who think jackson took ages to kick, look again, ref talks to mapusua about infringment at 79:20, and jackson slots the kick at 80:16, so there you go under a minute

also the minute actually only starts when the captain indicates the posts to the ref so, in this case it happens AFTER 79:20, making the kick even more within the time limit

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Bradders December 02, 2010 1:12 pm

in next years RWC - im sure most teams wont give a toss how they progress - scoring tries in nice but i'll take 3's all day long if it means my team progress/

Kelly Brown is funny at the end! Grabbing hold of the kid. ha ha. Think the adrenaline was pumping in the big man!!

Resident Troll - As always - f*ck all to say just being a right twat.

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Resident Troll December 02, 2010 4:30 pm

'Resident Troll - As always - f*ck all to say just being a right twat.'

Glad to be of service...you prefer dicks to twats?

'in next years RWC - im sure most teams wont give a toss how they progress - scoring tries in nice but i'll take 3's all day long if it means my team progress/'

This is a point i've tried to make year after year when NH rugby has been slated....its not pretty but a Win is a win....if its done by kicking the whole time and kicking your way into the history books with a trophy in hand then so be it...put it this way the score is 21-23 the time is 78mins and you have a penalty in front of the posts...do you a)kick to touch and try and win the lineout and score? or b) take the kick and win....

obviously a try is more 'classic' but chances are you're screaming for your team to take the f*ing kick!!!

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R Troll.. December 02, 2010 4:31 pm

And with regard to kelly brown, you see the way he jabbed jackson with a finger? telling him 'HE DID IT!'

This is what scotland need, the confidence and the belief that they CAN win....

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Bill December 03, 2010 1:46 am

Yeah but results show that having a positive attitude and looking for tries is more succesful.
The exception would be 2007, which was indeed a kick fest where slow, penalty ridden, set piece and defence focussed rugby was the most effective.
And what a painfully boring World Cup final it was.

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Link December 03, 2010 5:34 am

The commentators said Scotland's first try was great, but said nothing really about Samoa's first try, which IMHO is better. Sure the Scots try was simple and straight of the training ground and good for them to execute it to a T. But come on, the skill showed in the Samoa try is just brilliant and worth a wee bit more recognition me's thinks

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R troll suck my NZ b December 03, 2010 7:22 am

"This is a point i've tried to make year after year when NH rugby has been slated....its not pretty but a Win is a win....if its done by kicking the whole time and kicking your way into the history books with a trophy in hand then so be it...put it this way the score is 21-23 the time is 78mins and you have a penalty in front of the posts...do you a)kick to touch and try and win the lineout and score? or b) take the kick and win...."


resident troll you fucking idiot, who wouldn't take the kick in that situation... fucking muppet

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