Dun­bar scores in win over Samoa

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE BACK PAGE - Doug Archibald

Alex Dun­bar added to his in­ter­na­tional try tally as Scot­land opened their au­tumn se­ries with vic­tory in a pul­sat­ing match against Samoa.

The sell out 67,000 plus Mur­ray­field crowd was en­ter­tained to an eleven try feast as the silky south sea is­lan­ders mounted a de­ter­mined sec­ond half fight back af­ter trail­ing 25-10 at the in­ter­val.

But the six feet two inside cen­tre from John­stone­bridge typ­i­fied the Scots’ de­ter­mi­na­tion to give new coach Gre­gor Townsend the hon­ours in his first home match in charge, by the sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion that en­sured his touch down.

Samoa had smashed their way back from 22 points be­hind to just eight when they found them­selves de­fend­ing deep within their own 22. Scot­land were on the front foot and ball fizzed along the back line to Dun­bar.

He was im­me­di­ately hit on ei­ther side by two mas­sive de­fend­ers but some­how found the strength to mus­cle his way through and dive over to re­store some re­spect to the lead.

It was the pin­na­cle of an­other fine per­for­mance from the 27-year-old who cut his rugby teeth com­ing through the ranks at An­nan.

His de­fen­sive per­for­mance was im­mense and his abil­ity to break tack­les was once again in ev­i­dence.

But in the 15th minute it mo­men­tar­ily ap­peared that he might once again be­come vic­tim of yet an­other in­jury, hav­ing only man­aged about ten min­utes of match rugby af­ter a six week lay off be­fore Satur­day.

His dummy run came to an abrupt end when Jack Lam ap­peared to have done a lit­tle more than just stand his ground, a force­ful check send­ing Dun­bar sprawl­ing and the med­i­cal team spring­ing in to ac­tion.

Aus­tralian ref­eree Nic Berry and his team saw noth­ing wrong with the chal­lenge, how­ever, and luck­ily af­ter a cou­ple of min­utes Dun­bar was able to con­tinue.

Scot­land went on to win 44-38 but there were wor­ry­ing de­fen­sive lapses, es­pe­cially af­ter the sec­ond half per­son­nel changes were made. It was Dun­bar’s 27th cap and his eighth try. Next up are world cham­pi­ons New Zealand on Satur­day, kick off 5.15pm.

Over the line Alex Dun­bar scores Scot­land’s fifth try

De­ter­mined Dun­bar barges past the big boys to score

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