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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

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Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
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SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
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AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
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SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
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SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
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ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
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France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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