Wednesday, October 20, 1999 Published at 18:18 GMT 19:18 UK
Scots survive Samoan onslaught
Samoa's To'o Vaega hits Glenn Metcalfe a flying tackle
Scotland 35-20 Samoa
Scotland saw off a brave Samoan charge with a disciplined 35-20 victory to set up a quarter-final clash against World Cup favourites New Zealand
The game began at a furious pace as Samoan fly-half Stephen Bachop, architect of their famous victory over Wales, opted to run the ball at every opportunity.
Scotland weathered the early storm but needed the intervention of referee David McHugh for their early lead.
But when the Samoan front-row stood up to sabotage the ninth consecutive scrum, McHugh awarded a penalty try.
The Samoans clung on through a Silao Leaega penalty goal and a series of mistakes by the Scots, playing in unfamiliar orange, but it was only a matter of time before Telfer's side managed to breach the increasingly desperate Samoan wall of blue.
Glenn Metcalfe, Pountney and Tom Smith were among a succession of Scottish players who pounded into the brave Samoans but it was Martin Leslie who finally found a way through in the 39th minute.
Left-winger Logan missed the conversion but slotted a penalty just before the interval - as did Leaega - to take the half-time score to 15-6.
Leaega missed a vital chance to close the gap on Scotland early in the second half after Logan had extended their lead to 13 points.
The Scots were penalised in the resulting melee but Leaega missed the tricky kick.
It was to prove the game's turning point.
The Samoans ground on but to emerge from such a promising and energy-sapping drive without a score clearly sapped their will.
Their early efforts took their toll and they began to tire - prop Tom Smith bursting through to set up a well-taken drop goal for Gregor Townsend.
Still the Samoans came back at the Scots and it was they who scored the first try of the second half.
The opening was created once again by Tuigamala and finished in the corner by Semo Sititi, Leaega slotting the extra points to bring the Samoans within two converted tries of the Scots.
But Logan edged the Scots ahead again and left them comfortable enough to turn on the style - perhaps to impress a certain group of All Blacks sitting in the half-empty Murrayfield stands.
Left-winger Cammie Murray showed all his hunger and pace as he rounded off a superb Scottish move with a diving try to the corner.
Scotland coach Ian McGeechan said the team went into the match with the aim of controlling the game and wearing down the Samoans' determination.
He said: "We were very pleased against what we thought was a dangerous side.
"We wanted to get control because they are such dangerous runners and strong players, so as a team we wanted to work away at the pressure and get the points."
McGeechan said the Scots would now relish the game against the All Blacks on Sunday.
"It's great for us, I think with the All Blacks coming here on Sunday it couldn't be better really, we're looking forward to it."
Scotland: Glenn Metcalfe; Cammie Murray, Jamie Mayer, James McLaren, Kenny
Logan; Gregor Townsend, Gary Armstrong (capt); Tom Smith, Gordon Bulloch, George
Graham, Scott Murray, Doddie Weir, Martin Leslie, Budge Pountney, Gordon
Scotland: Tries: Leslie, Murray, Penalty.