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Visser double gives Scotland back-to-back wins

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FIJI 25 SCOTLAND 37

Richie Gray of Scotland charges at the Fijian defence.

Richie Gray of Scotland charges at the Fijian defence. Photo: AFP

Winger Tim Visser marked his debut with a pair of tries while flyhalf Greig Laidlaw scored 22 points as Scotland continued their strong southern hemisphere tour with a 37-25 over Fiji in Lautoka on Saturday.

Visser's second try in the 72nd minute took the sting out of a Fiji fightback after the hosts had rallied from 24-11 down at halftime to just a two-point deficit with 12 minutes remaining.

Laidlaw's third penalty had given Scotland some breathing space at 30-25 before Visser crossed for his second try, which Laidlaw converted to cap the scoring.

Tim Visser, pictured playing for Edinburgh, socred a double on debut.

Tim Visser, pictured playing for Edinburgh, socred a double on debut. Photo: Getty Images

Andy Robinson's side beat Australia 9-8 in a rain-drenched game in Newcastle on June 5, a result that caused consternation amongst Wallabies supporters as they prepared for their series against Six Nations champions Wales.

Laidlaw, who booted three penalties in that victory over Australia, finished the match against Fiji with 22 points from four conversions, three penalties and his side's first try after some good buildup work by the outside backs.

Fiji flyhalf Jonetai Ralulu had given the home side an early 6-0 lead before Laidlaw's try and Scotland were never behind for the rest of the match.

Scotland were awarded a penalty try to give them a 14-6 lead before replacement forward Josefa Domolailai grabbed a try to drag the hosts to 14-11.

Edinburgh winger Visser, who was born in the Netherlands and qualifies for Scotland through residency rules, then scored his first try, which Laidlaw converted before he added a penalty to take the visitors into the break with a comfortable 24-11 lead.

However, Fiji were fired up after the break and while Laidlaw slotted his second penalty the hosts got back into the game with some good work by their forwards resulting in winger Waisea Nayacalevu crossing.

Fiji threatened to take control when replacement Metuisela Talebula finished a sweeping movement to get them to 27-25 after Ralulu converted.

Laidlaw, however, extended the lead with his third penalty before Visser crossed for his second try two minutes later to seal the Scottish win.

SCOTLAND 37 (Greig Laidlaw, penalty try, Tim Visser (2) tries Laidlaw 4 con, 3 pens) bt FIJI 25 (Josefa Domolailai, Waisea Nayacalevu, Metuisela Talebula tries Jonetai Ralulu 2 cons 2 pens) at Churchill Park. Referee: Jaco Peyper (RSA).

Reuters

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
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RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
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RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
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IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
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ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
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