Edinburgh - Tommy Seymour scored a hat-trick as Scotland ran in eight
tries to beat Fiji 54-17 at Murrayfield on Saturday and claim their first win
of the Autumn internationals.
Allan Dell, Fraser Brown, Sean Maitland, Jamie Ritchie and
Adam Hastings also scored tries as the Scots survived an early scare when
scores from Viliame Mata and Semi Radradra gave Fiji a 17-14 lead.
Scotland coach Gregor Townsend had recalled the experience
of Stuart Hogg, Greig Laidlaw and Finn Russell from the side beaten 21-10 by
Wales in Cardiff last week and they also all played a big part in a fine
Townsend knew to his cost how dangerous the Pacific
Islanders could be after watching his side suffer defeat in Suva 17 months ago.
And there were early warning signs as Radradra's lightning
burst required a last-gasp intervention from Hogg to prevent the visitors
adding to Ben Volavola's second-minute penalty.
But it was Scotland who grabbed the opening try after 12
minutes as the forwards bludgeoned their way to the line before Dell dived over
for a score converted by Laidlaw.
Seymour then played his part in Scotland's second try as
Brown burrowed over.
But the hooker was at fault as Fiji pounced on his
overthrown line-out moments later, with Bill Mata powering through the middle
to score under the posts.
And the visitors moved in front thanks to a moment of
inspiration from Leone Nakarawa as he found a chink in the Scots' defence.
Frank Lomani was sent scampering clear before Tevita
Cavubati popped the ball off to Radrada to touchdown.
However, the pressure imposed by Scotland's forwards soon
proved too much for the Fijians, who had both Cavubati and Nakarawa sent to the
sin bin after hauling down mauls within sight of the line.
The hosts eventually let their backs loose in the final
minute before the break and with a two-man advantage there was no stopping them
as Russell whipped the ball wide for Seymour to dive over to give Scotland a
21-17 half-time lead.
It took just two minutes from the restart for the lead to be
stretched as Maitland crossed and the floodgates opened.
Laidlaw's clever reverse pass teed up Seymour for his second
on 58 minutes.
And the Glasgow wing wrapped up his hat-trick three minutes
later as another rapid exchange of passes saw the Scots work the ball from left
to right before Seymour lunged over for his 19th try from 45 Tests.
There was still time for two more tries as Fiji wilted in
the final minutes.
Ritchie scrambled over the line for his first international
try before substitute Hastings, son of former Scotland great Gavin Hastings,
finished off a fine counter-attack.