Rugby Union: Donaldson's boot aids the Scots

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SCOTLAND enjoyed an afternoon of domination against an inexperienced Fiji B side to gain a 14-7 win in the first match of their South Pacific tour in Nadi on Saturday.

The Scots opened the scoring in the fourth minute, with a penalty from Ally Donaldson. The tourists' only try arrived 15 minuted later, when the winger John Kerr gathered the ball out wide and scrambled across the line.

Donaldson kicked two penalties either side of half-time, before Fiji's winger Isikeli Kunaqio took back some points with a try which Ilaisa Saukuru converted.

Scotland mauled and kicked well despite driving rain, their tight moves showing up the Fijians' lack of training.

'One thing that might take a bit of believing back home,' David Johnston, the Scottish coach, said, 'is the fact that we hit them harder than they hit us. The reality was that we just didn't allow them the possession to show they could be physical.

'It was a game we certainly didn't deserve to lose,' Johnston added, 'even if we did over-elaborate inside their 22 and slip up to allow them a try.' His team meet the senior side in a Test match in Suva on Saturday.

Fiji B: Try Kunaqio; Conversion Saukuru. Scotland: Try Kerr; Penalties Donaldson 3.

FIJI B: I Saukuru; J Vatubua, J Wainibuli, I Nabewa, T Baleinaval; J Waqa, K Vuira; O Turua, A Sasse, J Low, R T Uluilakeba, T Waqairawai, J Banuve, T Winiqolo (capt), I Kunaqio.

SCOTLAND: K Logan (Stirling County); M Moncrieff (Gala), I Jardine (Stirling County), R McNaughton (Northampton), J Kerr (Haddington); A Donaldson (Currie), B Redpath (Melrose); G Isaac (Gala), J Hay (Hawick), G Wilson (Boroughmuir), C Gray (Nottingham), R Scott (London Scottish), D McIvor (Edinburgh Academicals), D Weir (Melrose), I Smith (Gloucester, capt).

Referee: B Kinsey (Australia).