Rugby: Sean Maitland scores as Scotland thrash Fiji

  • 11/11/2018

Tommy Seymour has scored a hat-trick of tries, but Scotland's forward dominance laid the platform for a comfortable 54-17 victory over ill-disciplined Fiji on Sunday (NZ time). 

At one stage reduced to 13 players, the Pacific islanders looked dangerous with ball in hand at Murrayfield, but Scotland starved them of possession and used their superior pack to wear down their opponents, before unleashing their back-line in the second period.   

Prop Allan Dell, hooker Fraser Brown, wing Sean Maitland, flanker Jamie Ritchie and replacement first-five Adam Hastings scored tries for the Scots, while captain Greig Laidlaw kicked five conversions, as they avenged a 27-22 loss in Suva last year.   

Fiji led until the final few minutes of the first half, as they capitalised on some poor Scotland tackling to score tries through Edinburgh number eight Viliame Mata and impressive centre Semi Radradra, but they could not sustain their intensity.   

Dell and Brown bulldozed their way over the Fijian try-line from close range inside the opening 20 minutes, before the visitors stunned their hosts, when Mata powered in under the posts, and Radradra finished off a sweeping move that showcased their skill and daring with the ball in hand.   

But Scotland started to use their pack to keep the ball away from their opponents and that pressure told, as locks Tevita Cavubati and Leone Nakarawa were both sin-binned for infringements close to their try-line in the closing stages of the first half.   

The home side used that advantage and when Fiji ran out of defenders out wide, Seymour crossed unopposed to give his side a 21-17 half-time lead.   

Maitland added his name to the scorers list just after the break, before Scotland began to stretch a tiring Fijian side, as Seymour clinched two more scores for his first international hat-trick and first points in nine tests.   

Reuters.