x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Robinson relief after narrow Scotland win

Andy Robinson, the coach, was relieved after Scotland completed their year with a narrow 19-16 success over Samoa in the third autumn Test in Aberdeen.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND // Andy Robinson, the coach, was relieved after Scotland completed their year with a narrow 19-16 success over Samoa in the third autumn Test in Aberdeen.

After the 49-3 defeat to New Zealand and a 21-17 win over world champions South Africa, Ruaridh Jackson's last-gasp penalty earned Scotland a fifth win in six Tests.

"It was a tight match but I'm delighted we understood how to win the game," Robinson said. "I thought the defence in the last 10 minutes was exemplary.

"This highlighted that we've got to be at our very best. A lot of people will be frustrated but it was a hard Test match, a physical Test match against a good side."

Scotland have beaten Australia, Ireland, Argentina (twice) and South Africa in little more than a year, but were tested to the full by Samoa.

After an early penalty on Dan Parks, a fine converted try by Kahn Fotuali'i in the ninth minute put Samoa ahead, but Nikki Walker touched down under the posts for Scotland. Parks converted and added another penalty, but Paul Williams kick three points for Samoa.

Williams twice kicked Samoa level with penalties either side of a Parks drop goal, but 15 years after drawing with Scotland, Samoa were denied.

Jackson, 22, who was winning his second cap, stepped up to give the hosts victory with his first points in international rugby after Iosefa Tekori was penalised at the breakdown.

Rory Lawson, the captain, paid tribute to Jackson. "He's the king of Aberdeen tonight," said the scrum-half."