Scots talk sense after Visser's Dutch double
Fiji 25 Scotland 37
Sunday 17 June 2012
The Scotland coach, Andy Robinson, was determined to be realistic after his side's second win of their Southern Hemisphere tour. The Englishman was critical of the team's performance in the second half in Lautoka, in which they allowed Fiji to come back from 24-11 down to within two points before Tim Visser, the Dutch-born wing who was making his Test debut, sealed the victory with his second try of the match.
Visser earned only a wry "he did all right" from the coach but the player himself was delighted, saying: "As soon as the first whistle went, I went to myself: 'Yeah, go!' I actually have a cap now, which is brilliant. Being able to score that first try and finish off that second makes it a brilliant day for me."
Robinson said the match, which was played in tropical heat, showed areas that needed work.
"It is very pleasing to win," he said. "The last time Scotland came here they lost heavily. The good thing is that we did win, scored 37 points and Visser's first try was a cracker; Greig Laidlaw's as well. But we cannot allow sides to come back into the game. If you do that, you will get punished.
"We are delighted to get the result but Fiji should be delighted with the way their team played," he said. "I have watched a lot of their rugby and I think that if they can play like this all the way through they are going to be a dangerous side."
Fiji: I Koniferedi (M Talebulamaijaina, 60); W Nayacalevu, V Goneva, A Buto (K Ratuvou, 58), W Votu; J Ralulu, N Matawalu (N Kenetale Ranuku, 66); J Yanuyanutawa (W Nailago, 58), V Veikoso (T Tuapati, 60), S Somoca, A Naikatini, L Nakarawa, I Ratuva (K Ketedromo, 70), N Talei, M Ravulo (J Domolailai, 24).
Scotland: S Hogg; M Evans (S Lamont, 62), N De Luca, M Scott, T Visser; G Laidlaw (D Weir, 77), M Blair (C Cusiter, 55); R Grant, R Ford (capt; S Lawson, 77), E Murray (G Cross, 66), R Gray (T Ryder, 78), A Kellock, A Strokosch, J Barclay (R Vernon, 58), R Rennie.
Referee: J Peyper (South Africa).
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