Sey­mour scores hat-trick as eight-try Scot­land thrash Fiji

Times of Oman - - SPORTS -

ED­IN­BURGH: Tommy Sey­mour scored a hat-trick as Scot­land ran in eight tries to beat Fiji 54-17 at Mur­ray­field on Satur­day and claim their first win of the Au­tumn in­ter­na­tion­als.

Al­lan Dell, Fraser Brown, Sean Mait­land, Jamie Ritchie and Adam Hast­ings also scored tries as the Scots sur­vived an early scare when scores from Vil­iame Mata and Semi Radradra gave Fiji a 17-14 lead.

Scot­land coach Gre­gor Townsend had re­called the ex­pe­ri­ence of Stu­art Hogg, Greig Laid­law and Finn Rus­sell from the side beaten 21-10 by Wales in Cardiff last week and they also all played a big part in a fine dis­play.

Townsend knew to his cost how dan­ger­ous the Pa­cific Is­lan­ders could be af­ter watch­ing his side suf­fer de­feat in Suva 17 months ago.

And there were early warn­ing signs as Radradra’s light­ning burst re­quired a last-gasp in­ter­ven­tion from Hogg to prevent the vis­i­tors adding to Ben Volavola’s sec­ond-minute penalty. But it was Scot­land who grabbed the open­ing try af­ter 12 min­utes as the for­wards blud­geoned their way to the line be­fore Dell dived over for a score con­verted by Laid­law.

Sey­mour then played his part in Scot­land’s sec­ond try as Brown bur­rowed over.

But the hooker was at fault as Fiji pounced on his over­thrown line-out mo­ments later, with Bill Mata pow­er­ing through the mid­dle to score un­der the posts.

And the vis­i­tors moved in front thanks to a mo­ment of in­spi­ra­tion from Leone Nakarawa as he found a chink in the Scots’ de­fence.

Frank Lo­mani was sent scam­per­ing clear be­fore Te­vita Cavu­bati popped the ball off to Radrada to touch­down.

How­ever, the pres­sure im­posed by Scot­land’s for­wards soon proved too much for the Fi­jians, who had both Cavu­bati and Nakarawa sent to the sin bin af­ter haul­ing down mauls within sight of the line.

The hosts even­tu­ally let their backs loose in the fi­nal minute be­fore the break and with a twoman ad­van­tage there was no stop­ping them as Rus­sell whipped the ball wide for Sey­mour to dive over to give Scot­land a 21-17 half­time lead. It took just two min­utes from the restart for the lead to be stretched as Mait­land crossed and the flood­gates opened.

Laid­law’s clever re­verse pass teed up Sey­mour for his sec­ond on 58 min­utes.

And the Glas­gow wing wrapped up his hat-trick three min­utes later as an­other rapid ex­change of passes saw the Scots work the ball from left to right be­fore Sey­mour lunged over for his 19th try from 45 Tests.

There was still time for two more tries as Fiji wilted in the fi­nal min­utes. Ritchie scram­bled over the line for his first in­ter­na­tional try be­fore sub­sti­tute Hast­ings, son of for­mer Scot­land great Gavin Hast­ings, fin­ished off a fine counter-at­tack.-

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