Toronto - Captain Greig Laidlaw kicked a late penalty to give Scotland a far from convincing 19-17 victory over 14-man Canada in Toronto.
victory gave new coach Vern Cotter his second win since he took charge
of the side following the conclusion of the French club season. The
Scots beat the United States 24-6 last week in Houston in the New
Zealander's first match in charge.
The Canadians had taken a 17-16
lead with less than 10 minutes remaining only to give away a penalty
straight from the restart that allowed Laidlaw to slot the winning kick.
hosts had the opportunity to win the match when they were awarded a
kickable penalty only for referee Mike Fraser to ask for a review of an
incident that floored Scotland's replacement flyhalf Ruaridh Jackson.
replays showed loose forward Jebb Sinclair had hit Jackson with his
elbow. He was shown a red card while the penalty was also reversed.
Laidlaw ended with 11 points, having kicked three penalties and converted lock Grant Gilchrist's first international try.
Stuart Hogg also slotted a long-range penalty for the visitors while
Canada fullback James Pritchard kicked four penalties for the home side
and Jeff Hassler scored a first-half try.
Scotland now travel to
Argentina for a test against the Pumas in Cordoba and finish their tour
with a match against the Springboks in Port Elizabeth on June 28.
Apia, Samoa flyhalf Tusi Pisi kicked five penalties to give his side a
15-0 win over Italy, while Fiji hammered Tonga 45-17 in their Pacific
Nations Cup clash in Lautoka.
Wingers Watisoni Votu and Sireli
Bobo scored two tries each in the six-try rout of the Tongans with
Nemani Nadolo slotting six conversions and a penalty to go with his own
Japan remained unbeaten in the PNC with a composed 37-29
victory over the U.S. in Carson with fullback Ayumu Goromaru slotting 17
points from three penalties and converting all four of Japan's tries.
eight Ryu Koliniasi Holani scored two tries while scrumhalf Fumiaki
Tanaka and winger Akihito Yamada added the others to give the Brave
Blossoms a bonus-point victory.
Eagles winger Blaine Scully helped
his side to at least a bonus point in the tight game, scoring three of
the team's four tries. Number eight Cam Dolan scored the other try.
Japan lead the PNC on nine points having recorded two wins from their two games.
Try: Grant Gilchrist
Conversion: Greig Laidlaw
Penalties: Laidlaw (3), Stuart Hogg
Try: Jeff Hassler
Penalties: James Pritchard (3), Harry Jones