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Monday, June 10, 2013

Samoa outmuscle Scotland in opening game of Quad Series in Durban

Samoa claimed their first ever victory over a bruised and battered Scotland outfit, winning 27-17 as part of the Kings Park double header on Saturday. The game forms part of the quadrangular series, and was played directly before South Africa vs Italy.

Alesana Tuilagi scored twice as the Pacific Islanders ended an eight-match winless streak against Scotland, who have since reported that up to 15 players suffered from injuries.

Coach Scott Johnson introduced six new caps, and with star players Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Richie Gray and Ryan Grant over in Australia, depth was always going to be tested on this tour.

Samoa showed yet again though that they are no longer so called minnows of world rugby, playing a smart game and using their power to get the better of the Scots in humid conditions in Durban.

"It was nice to beat Scotland at last after losing narrowly the last time we met," said stand in Samoa captain Paul Williams, who was skipper in place of David Lemi. "Scoring a couple of early tries gave us confidence and I am so proud of the efforts of our forwards."

Scotland winger Sean Lamont, with 77 caps and plenty of experience, felt his team didn't man up.

"We got bullied – in the cold light of day you’ve got to say big guys bullied us – and you should never get bullied in terms of physicality," said Lamont.

"I might understand if we'd got out-skilled or out-played by a better team, but we got bullied. Yes, there were some good bits, but the fundamentals were wrong.

"A 14-point head start at international level against any opposition is difficult to get back, and right now it's a big frustration. We are better than that. It always seems as if we need to have a poor start before we start to come together, and we have to stop it, as a team."

It doesn't get easier for Scotland as next weekend they'll face the second ranked team in the world South Africa, in their own backyard.

"We come up against big boys week in week out; every team has powerful players, big strong runners and the guys know what they’ve got to do.

"And however physical Samoa were, South Africa will be as physical and have a nastier edge, so we have to step up now as a team. We know what we’ve got to do and how we can correct it.

"It's just about getting down to it, getting rid of the slow starts and if we want to save some face we have to man up," added Lamont.

Samoa take on Italy in Nelspruit on Saturday (15 June), followed by the Springboks vs Scotland.

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ConnachtMan June 10, 2013 3:27 pm

Can't wait to see James So'oialo in Connacht green next season! Solid all rounder and a laser kicker; I hope he does not mind Atlantic Gales!!!

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SamoaBaby June 10, 2013 3:39 pm


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ScotlandBaby June 10, 2013 5:28 pm


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DrG June 10, 2013 6:04 pm

^^^^ Um....ok...

Tough game for Scotland against what I imagine was a very bruising big Samoan team. Would be even more difficult for the Scots seeing as they are minus some extremely influential players in their side who are touring with the Lions.

Well done Samoa.

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stroudos June 11, 2013 10:44 am

"Scotland have since reported that up to 15 players suffered from injuries" - so Samoa basically destroyed their entire team!?!

Poor bar steward attempting to tackle Tuilagi on his second try - I felt his pain through the computer screen.

Quick comment on showboating dives on scoring tries - I don't think anyone ever complains about Tuilagi's - that's because the way he does it is a thing of beauty - love the way he launches himself towards the turf, never bottles out and drops a knee to cushion his landing, really commits to it, probably covers a good few metres in mid-air. Glorious stuff.

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incorr3ct June 11, 2013 5:50 pm

I agree, tuilagi's dives are a PROPER try scoring dive! not a "look at how great I am" dive! He celebrates soring the try, he doesnt celebrate himself.

On Scotlands defeat, I was a little shocked but not surprised. Scotland were suffering alot for missing players due to the lions and injuries. I didnt even know who half the team were. There were many getting their first caps, AND AGAINST SAMOA!!! They seemed visibly terrified as Samoa did the Siva Tua.

Scotland actually played pretty well in parts and dominated territory and possession but whenever Samoa got the ball they were dangerous and the usually sturdy Scottish defence looked weak.

Oh, well. Not looking forward to an now EVEN FURTHER WEAKENED Scottish team against a FULL STRENGTH Springboks.... could be ugly!!!

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sonsofsamoa June 13, 2013 3:57 pm

Some of you need to stop using that excuse.. Samoa have never had their full team in the past 10 - 15 years or so.. and every time they got thrashed to any tier one nation it was always assumed that it was Samoa's best .. Now everyone realizes what Samoa can do once they have level a playin field with proper time, coaches, players released from clubs to train together, they can ultimately defeat anybody.. (Bar the All Blacks and maybe SA).. Samoa were also missing a fair few of their starters (Iosefa Tekori, Maurie Fa'asavalu, George Pisi, David Lemi, and most importantly Kahn Fotuali'i) So players on lions duty (yes all "3 or 4" of them) have no excuse..

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Guest June 14, 2013 2:39 pm

tuilagi at 10.50 just looks like the nicest guy in the world

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browner June 15, 2013 7:32 pm

The IRB 3 yr residency rule stinks ....... If you have dual nationality qualification then select your Nation at 16 & stick with it......

Alesana Tuilagi is proof that modern players CAN reside in one country but travel to play for a country 000's of miles away without switching to play for another Nation, for that he always gets my respect - legend.

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Silky June 18, 2013 12:27 am

4.05 "a couple of Bollocking runs..." am I hearing that right?

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