EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Scotland needed a record score against Samoa to edge the Pacific island side 44-38 at a packed Murrayfield on Saturday.
The Scots, the overwhelming favorite, squandered a 32-10 lead with half an hour to go with poor defence around the rucks.
To the credit of Manu Samoa, in a week in which their oft-criticized administrators declared their union bankrupt, they never gave up. They didn't threaten to win their first test this year, but they made Scotland extremely uncomfortable.
Scotland scored three of its six tries in the second half, but just when each try seemed to herald the start of a romp, the Samoans replied within three minutes each time with a try of their own. They finished with five, their highest score against Scotland, and their highest score anywhere in more than four years.