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Robinson relieved after win

Head coach Andy Robinson was relieved after Scotland completed their year with a narrow 19-16 success over Samoa in the third EMC Autumn Test in Aberdeen on Saturday.

After the 49-3 defeat to New Zealand and a 21-17 win over world champions South Africa, Ruaridh Jackson's last-gasp penalty earned Scotland a fifth win in six Tests, despite not being at their best.

Robinson said: "It was a tight match but I'm delighted we understood how to win the game. I thought the defence in the last 10 minutes was exemplary."

He added: "Today highlighted that we've got to be at our very best and we probably weren't at our very best as a collective.

"A lot of people will be frustrated with this, but it was a hard Test match, a physical Test match against a good side."

After Dan Parks' early penalty, Kahn Fotuali'i's fine ninth-minute converted try put Samoa ahead, but Nikki Walker touched down under the posts for Scotland's first try of the three-match autumn series.

Robinson continued: "We scored a good try. It was a well-worked move and Nikki hit it spot on."

Parks converted and added another penalty, but Paul Williams narrowed the deficit with three points of his own.

Williams twice kicked Samoa level with penalties either side of a Parks drop goal but 15 years after drawing with Scotland, Samoa were denied. Replacement fly-half Jackson, aged 22 and winning his second cap off the bench, stepped up to give the hosts victory with his first points in international rugby after Losefa Tekori was penalised at the breakdown.

Captain Rory Lawson paid tribute to Jackson, saying: "He's the king of Aberdeen tonight. That's the sort of thing dreams are made of. I take my hat off to Jacko having the composure to knock it through."


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