Finn Russell Scotland 34-0 Samoa: Gregor Townsend’s men collect bonus point victory in do-or-die World Cup clash

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Finn Russell Scotland 34-0 Samoa: Gregor Townsend’s men collect crucial bonus-point victory in do-or-die World Cup clash to reignite quarter-final hopes

  • Sean Maitland powered over the line for Scotland’s first try of the tournament 
  • Greig Laidlaw then handed Gregor Townsend’s men control in the first half 
  • Fraser Brown was then stopped from touching down from the side for penalty try
  • Ed Fidow’s late second yellow card handed Scotland an invaluable bonus point
  • Maitland was prevented from scoring in the corner before Fidow’s sending off

By Rob Robertson for the Daily Mail


It was a case of better late than never for Scotland. Needing a bonus point win to keep their World Cup campaign alive it took them until five minutes from time before they got that vital fourth try, albeit in controversial circumstances.

Sean Maitland looked initially to have fumbled the ball short of the line and failed to touch it down. But French referee Pascal Gauzere ruled Ed Fidow had slid in and illegally dislodged the ball from Maitland’s grasp. He awarded a penalty try and sent the Samoan winger, who had earlier been yellow carded, off the pitch.

Maitland, who could have played for the South Sea Islanders if he had wanted to, turned out to be Scotland’s hero with his involvement in that touchdown and also scored one of his own. 

Sean Maitland scored Scotland’s first try in their do-or-die victory against Samoa in Kobe

His grandad was a proud Samoan born on the island and his cousin is Pele Cowley, who was on the Samoan bench. When it became clear he would never represent New Zealand, the land of his birth, Maitland had to pick between Samoa or Scotland, where his other grandfather came from.

Scotland were mighty relieved he picked them as it was his try around the half hour mark that firstly settled nerves against a very poor Samoan side. His try would not have pleased the Samoan side of the family, which includes his mum who is half-Samoan, but it

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