- 2nd Half
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Samoa - Scotland
World Cup - 11 October 2015
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Laidlaw kicks to touch and Scotland are into the quarter finals! What a match!!
Frantic stuff now as Samoa try and rescue this but they knock on, to the relief of Scotland fans everywhere. Time almost up...
TRY SAMOA! The game that keeps on giving as Matu'u forces his way over. The conversion is good for the bonus point. Scotland 36-33 Samoa !
Heroic Scotland defence as Samoa close to inches of the line. They have yet another penalty.
Samoa have yet to visit the Scotland 22 in the second half and venture forward to put that right. But Scotland recover the ball and Maitland is forced to touch down. Scott off for Horne.
Laidlaw converts his own try to make it Scotland 36-26 Samoa
TRY SCOTLAND! This time there’s no doubt as Laidlaw jinks from the base of the scrum and reaches over to score!
TRY SCOTLAND? Nel looks to have gone over between the posts and that should clinch it… TMO again and it looks like a tremendous tackle to hold him up. Scotland still with the penalty.
Scotland look set to go over in the corner but Russell’s pass is poor and the ball is spilt again. Scotland get lucky with the bounce and win it back.
Bad news for Hogg who limps off shaking his head. On comes Sean Lamont for his 100th cap. Scotland have another penalty and they go for the corner to kill things off.
TEN MINUTES REMAINING! Scotland with another penalty and again they go for the corner.
A poor option from Russell, who tries to kick through and loses the ball. End to end stuff now!
Japanese players and fans will be watching the clock with interest. This game still totally in the balance.
Scotland still vulnerable as Williams takes Samoa up to half way before Samoa lose the ball.
Scotland beginning to put some phases together but a handling error lets Samoa off the hook again.
A collectors’ item as Laidlaw misses a very kickable penalty. Nerves beginning to tell?
And yet another kickable penalty as Swinson comes on for Jonny Gray.
More indiscipline as Samoa concede another penalty with a high tackle.
Remember, if Scotland win this game they will face either Australia or Wales in the quarter-finals. Lose, and Japan can still qualify with a win over USA.
Tuilagi, Afatia and Perenise enter the fray for Samoa as Denton does really well to turn over possession.
Samoa relieve the pressure as Scotland concede a penalty for holding on.
A first miss from Laidlaw as his penalty attempt drifts wide.
A huge tackle from Pisi on Hardie but Samoa have conceded eight penalties already in this second half.
Still Samoa intent on throwing the ball around but Scotland turn over the ball. Starting to get the upper hand and they win another penalty.
Scotland 26-23 Samoa: Laidlaw slots the conversion as Scotland lead for the first time.
Another penalty to Scotland for Samoa holding on,
SCOTLAND 26-26 SAMOA: Laidlaw draws the game level yet again.
This time Laidlaw does opt for the posts to take something from this spell of possession.
An excellent tackle from Hardie on Autagavaia, who spills the ball forwards. Nervy start to this second half.
Well, foolish it appears to be as Scotland lose the ball and Samoa have the put-in.
Scotland have the penalty advantage for offside and really ought to take the points but again they go for the corner. Brave or stupid?
Great skills from Lee-Lo and he sprints over the half way line before his pass goes to a Scotland hand in the form of Seymour.
Scotland pinged for crossing themselves and Samoa survive. Was that the wrong decision? Could prove costly.
Scotland form the maul and it rolls towards the Samoa line. Out it goes and Scotland win a penalty for a high tackle. This should tie things up. No, they go for the corner!
Penalty for Scotland for a man running in front of the ball and crossing. Deep it goes into the corner. Good platform now…
That was the highest scoring first half of the tournament so far. Samoa have only beaten Scotland once in nine previous meetings and the first error comes from them but Samoa win a penalty for Scotland holding on.
Back underway here in St James’ Park and what a half it could be. Can Scotland come back and win this. They trail by just three points.
Samoa have another penalty to add to their lead and they tap and go! Pisi drives for the line but it goes wide and is knocked on. HALF TIME: Scotland 23-26 Samoa
Ryan Wilson returns from the bin and Scotland have a full complement of players yet again. Samoa win a penalty and kick long for territory.
Pisi slots the penalty to make it Scotland 23-26 Samoa
Samoa still have the advantage for offside but they go for the penalty.
TRY SAMOA! Wide it goes and that’s a bonus point try for Jack Lam. Well it could be overturned for Laidlaw being pulled out of the way.
Another elusive run from Lee-Lo sets Samoa deep into Scotland territory once again. No let-up to this frantic pace! Levave to within five metres…
So just the 46 points shared so far in this match! An absolute cracker to kick off the day already.
TRY SCOTLAND! They get on the rolling maul and over goes John Hardie for his second international try. Laidlaw converts and it's Scotland 23-23 Samoa.
Another penalty for Scotland as Samoa go in at the side. Into the corner it goes…
Levave replaces Thompson for Samoa, who now have a man advantage.
Pisi rubs salt into the wound with the penalty and it’s Scotland 16-23 Samoa.
That’s ten minutes in the bin for Ryan Wilson, who looks perplexed but absolutely the correct decision. Six inches the other way and it would have been red.
Dickinson has passed his concussion examination and is back on the pitch. Ooh, looks like Wilson could be in trouble for lashing out with the boot...
Seymour running from deep after a Samoa knock on. Great hand off from Bennett and the crowd it on its feet yet again. What a great match this is!
Laidlaw converts the penalty to make it Samoa 20-16 Scotland
Scotland with a penalty advantage for Samoa slowing down the ruck. Should be simple three points.
Scotland sub: Dickinson goes off after a big hit to be replaced by Reid.
Samoa a joy to watch at the moment, not afraid to throw the ball around. What a time to start playing their best rugby.
The try is given but Pisi misses the conversion to make is Samoa 20-13 Scotland
TRY SAMOA! Lee-Lo looks like he’s over in the corner but they’re checking for a forward pass…
SCOTLAND 13-15 SAMOA: Laidlaw cuts the deficit to two points.
Scotland get on the rolling maul close to the line. Wide it goes and Denton spills but it’s another penalty for Samoa straying offside.
Another penalty for an early Samoa drive and again it goes into the corner. Brave stuff!
Another penalty for Scotland and they turn down the points to go for position from the line-out.
Pisi drags his kick just across the face but they lead again.
TRY SAMOA! Samoa straight back on the front foot and Leiataua is over as Samoa tap and go quickly following a penalty. What a start !
An instant response from Scotland! Seymour knocks the ball forward towards himself and it’s a try! A gift after Samoa run the ball deep and a loose pass allows Seymour to pounce. Laidlaw converts and it's SCOTLAND 10-10 SAMOA.
Pisi adds a delightful conversion and it’s Scotland 3-10 Samoa.
TRY! It’s Scotland 3-8 Samoa with the conversion to come.
Pisi looks like he’s gone over in the corner and the call is for TMO. The question, try or no try…
No problem for Laidlaw and it’s Scotland 3-3 Samoa.
PENALTY SCOTLAND! Census Johnston penalised for not driving straight.
Excellent start from Samoa with two turnovers already. Not time for panic yet.
Good passage of play from Scotland. It goes through the hands to Richie Gray but Samoa turn over the maul.
SCOTLAND 0-3 SAMOA: Pisi converts the penalty and Samoa lead.
PENALTY SAMOA! Early chance for three points for Scotland collapsing the maul.
The break from Faasavalu but Scotland get an early penalty. They boot downfield for possession before infringing themselves for holding on.
Tackles already flying in and this looks like it could be a bruiser. Samoa break to over half way, early warning signs they’re totally up for this.
We’re underway here at St James’ Park on Scotland’s big day of destiny. They beat Samoa and they’re through to the quarters. 51,000 fans packed in here.
FIVE MINUTES TO KICK-OFF: Scotland have scored a try in each of their last 15 Tests, their best run since scoring in 22 Tests between 1998 and 2000; a try in this game would equal their second best run of try scoring ever (16 games).
This will be the third World Cup meeting between the sides; Scotland won both previous fixtures between the sides in the competition by margins of 15+ points, scoring three tries in each game. Samoa picked up their first ever win against Scotland when these sides last met, triumphing 27-17 in a quadrangular series match in 2013.
Greig Laidlaw: "We need to be careful not to fall into any traps. We've got to give credibility and respect to Samoa. If we get our part right, we can cause Samoa problems."
30 MINUTES TO KICK-OFF: Here’s a reminder of today’s teams
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).
Replacements: Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors), Jon Welsh (Newcastle Falcons), Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), Josh Strauss (Glasgow Warriors), Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors), Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors).
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).
Replacements: Motu Matu'u (Wellington Hurricanes), Viliamu Afatia (Agen), Anthony Perenise (Bristol), Faifili Levave (Wellington Lions), Vavae Tuilagi (Carcassonne), Vavao Afemai (Manu 7s), Patrick Faapale (Manu 7s), Ken Pisi (Northampton Saints).
Stephen Betham: "We don't train to go out there to hurt people. We go out there to play tough rugby and hard rugby. It's unfortunate that's the way we are seen... The boys know we've got a talent but we haven't shown it. We haven't shown anything all tournament, and it's important for us not just to play for the people back home but ourselves. To prove to ourselves that we can get that talent out there."
Vern Cotter: "We are playing this game as a qualifying game. We are enjoying being in the situation to qualify. We know it's going to be a very tough game. This probably rounds the whole thing up. We've got 80 minutes and we need to put in a very, very good performance."
TEAM NEWS: Vern Cotter will be relieved to have first-choice flyhalf Finn Russell available after he missed the South Africa game. The New Zealand-born coach has also recalled hard-running centre Mark Bennett in a near full-strength team. Samoa coach Stephen Betham, meanwhile, has made seven changes for the Pacific Islanders, fielding new combinations in midfield and among his loose forwards after losing to Japan in their previous game. Rey Lee-Lo and George Pisi will form a new centre pairing, while Maurie Faasavalu, Jack Lam and Alafoti Faosiliva will be together in the back row for the first time.
Defeat would end Scotland's involvement in the tournament if Japan beat the United States in their last pool match. A high-scoring draw for Japan could also break Scottish hearts if Scotland lose without a bonus point.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match coverage as Scotland take on Samoa in the first of today’s three Rugby World Cup matches. Kick-off is 14.30 BST.