Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
| Help
Last Updated: Monday, 20 October, 2003, 11:29 GMT 12:29 UK
Scots struggle to beat USA
Scotland 39-15 USA

Scotland 39
Tries: Danielli (2), Kerr, Townsend, Paterson
Cons: Paterson (4)
Pens: Paterson (2)
USA 15
Pens: Hercus (5)

Scotland failed to find their form against the USA with another scrappy World Cup showing.

Ian McGeechan's men were widely criticised for their patchy performance against Japan and were similarly rusty against the Eagles.

Simon Danielli set them on the way to victory with a quickfire brace in the first-half, but Scotland added only a further three touchdowns.

Gavin Kerr crossed in the first half after charging down a kick, and Scotland had to wait until the final 10 minutes for their fourth, from Gregor Townsend, and a bonus point.

They were also repeatedly warned by referee Jonathan Kaplan for ill-discipline, Tom Smith seeing yellow shortly before the break.

On the plus side wing Chris Paterson put on a solid kicking display, landing five of his seven efforts at goal, to go with a last-minute try.

The opening exchanges in Brisbane suggested that the Scots could struggle, and so it proved.

They were sloppy with ball in hand against an eager Eagles team who had pushed Fiji the distance and took a deserved lead with points from the boot of fly-half Mike Hercus.

But when Danielli went over for the first of his tries Scotland took the lead for the first time and looked to be up and running.

It was hard work and we're just pleased to get five points
Scotland's Gordon Bulloch
A stolen line-out on halfway gave Scotland valuable ball and a Ross Beattie break in midfield gave Danielli the chance to outstrip the defence for a try in the corner.

And the Bath right winger crossed in the left for a second moments later.

A typical jinking break from Townsend caused chaos in the American defence and Danielli was the man to profit.

Bouyed by his earlier effort he ignored support outside, opting to barge through four defenders for his fourth international try in only his fourth appearance.

But Scotland failed to maintain the momentum.

Elusive full-back Glenn Metcalfe made regular and telling sorties into the backline, one of which ended with Kerr's charged down try.

But the sin-binning of Smith, for hands in the ruck on his own line, denied the States a try-scoring opportunity and also disrupted his team's rhythm.

We didn't perform, played poorly and lost
USA coach Tom Billups
The suspiscion was that the USA, sporting an unchanged team, would tire in the second half, but they came out and showed a resolute spirit.

Victory was never likely, but they refused to buckle in their 11th consecutive World Cup loss.

Hercus scored two penalties when Smith sat on the sidelines, and when it was back to 15 against 15, they held the Scots at bay.

Only when USA full-back Paul Emerick saw yellow did Scotland find the space to secure the bonus point.

Townsend finished off a fluid move among the backs, stepping inside to score at the posts, before Paterson added a deserved last-minute try.

The late tries added a gloss to the score in a tough game against a physical side, but France will have little to fear at the weekend on this evidence.

Scotland: G Metcalfe; S Danielli, A Craig, A Henderson, C Paterson; G Townsend, M Blair; T Smith, G Bulloch (capt), G Kerr, N Hines, S Grimes, R Beattie, S Taylor, J Petrie.

Replacements: R Russell, B Douglas, J White, M Leslie, B Redpath, B Hinshelwood, K Logan.

USA: P Emerick; D Fee, P Eloff, K Cross, R Van Zyl; M Hercus, K Dalzell; M MacDonald, K Khasigian, D Dorsey, A Parker, L Gross, K Schubert, D Hodges (capt), D Lyle.

Replacements: M Wyatt, R Liddington, J Gouws, O Fifita, K Kjar, J Keyter, L Wilfley.

Links to more Rugby World Cup stories


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


E-mail services | Sport on mobiles/PDAs


Back to top

Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | US Sport | Other Sport | Olympics 2004

Scores & Fixtures | Have Your Say | Photo Galleries | TV/Radio Listings

Fun and Games | Question of Sport | BBC Sport Extra

Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

BBC Sport Academy >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
About the BBC | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy | Contact us
banner watch listen bbc sport