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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 November, 2003, 06:57 GMT
Clockwatch: Scotland 22-20 Fiji
All the action as it happened as Scotland scored a late try in Sydney to beat Fiji 22-20 and reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

80 mins: Fiji allow Scotland to run down the clock with a line-out which is not straight and the escape act is complete when referee Tony Spreadbury blows the final whistle.

76 mins: Fiji's Api Naevo allows Scotland to put one foot in the quarter-finals when he is sin-binned for killing the ball. The Scots kick for touch with the penalty and prop Tom Smith goes over for the try after a forward drive from the line-out. Chris Paterson converts for a two-point lead.
Scotland 22-20 Fiji.

74 mins: Scotland concede what could be a crucial penalty as they are offside as Nicky Little chases his high kick forward. Little strokes the penalty through the posts to give Fiji a five-point lead.
Scotland 15-20 Fiji.

71 mins: Fiji lock Ifereimi Rawaqa makes a blistering break for the Scotland line but is bundled into touch just two metres out by Glenn Metcalfe.

69 mins: Scotland continue to probe but a knock-on from Bruce Douglas wastes some good work from Gregor Townsend.

66 mins: Fiji seem to have found a new lease of life and push Scotland back into their 22. Scrum-half Moses Rauluni is replaced by Rotherham's Jacob Rauluni.

64 mins: Fiji respond strongly to falling behind and win a penalty on Scotland's 10-metre line. Nicky Little produces a great kick under pressure and Fiji are back in front.
Scotland 15-17 Fiji.

61 mins: Another Fijian infringement gives Chris Paterson the chance to put Scotland ahead for the first time in the game. Paterson makes no mistake.
Scotland 15-14 Fiji.

59 mins: Fiji get some relief from the Scottish pressure with a penalty but Nicky Little's kick does not gain much ground.

54 mins: Fiji's defence looks ragged and, after kicking for touch with one penalty, Scotland decide to kick the next one and Chris Paterson cuts the deficit to two points.
Scotland 12-14 Fiji.

52 mins: Scotland get a couple of chances to run the ball but are again let down by some poor passing.

48 mins: Scotland turn the ball over at a Fiji scrum and bombard their opponents' line, only to concede a penalty. Fiji respond with a quick counterattack of their own.

44 mins: Scotland replace Ross Beattie with Jason White.

43 mins: Fiji surrender possession with a poor pass and Scotland are awarded a penalty after rumbling downfield. Chris Paterson, having just taken a heavy knock, gets up to put it between the posts.
Scotland 9-14 Fiji.

0606 GMT: Fiji kick off the second half with an eight-point advantage. Simon Danielli is still missing for Scotland after picking up a facial injury before the break.

40 mins: The half-time whistle denies Scotland the opportunity to respond as they press towards Fiji's line.

35 mins: Scotland waste a golden chance when James McLaren knocks on. Fiji counterattack from their 22 and Rupeni Caucaunibuca eludes several tacklers to score his second try of the game. The winger's team-mates pretend to polish his boots in celebration and Nicky Little converts.
Scotland 6-14 Fiji.

32 mins: Scotland look to have finally breached Fiji's defences but Glenn Metcalfe is halted by a crunching tackle just metres out and a knock-on halts the move.

32 mins: Nacanieli Seru comes on for the injured Greg Smith at hooker for Fiji, while Scotland winger Simon Danielli is replaced by James McLaren after taking a blow in a tackle.

30 mins: The players get a rest as referee Tony Spreadbury calls on the Fiji doctor to look at hooker Greg Smith, who took a heavy knock earlier in the game.

28 mins: Fiji continue to squander their advantage as another infringement in their 22 allows Chris Paterson to land a second penalty for Scotland.
Scotland 6-7 Fiji.

25 mins: Scotland finally get off the mark as Fiji go over the top in their own 22 and Chris Paterson succeeds with his second penalty attempt of the match.
Scotland 3-7 Fiji.

23 mins: Bagpipes sound in the stand and Scotland respond with a rare foray out of their own half, only to lose possession from a promising line-out position.

21 mins: More nervy moments for Scotland as Fiji are denied a second try by a forward pass.

19 mins: Fiji test Scotland with a couple of high balls, and Rupeni Caucaunibuca slips as he tries to touch down after a failed drop-goal attempt from Nicky Little.

16 mins: Scotland survive a major let-off as Aisea Tuilevu looks certain to go over for Fiji's second try. Full-back Glenn Metcalfe produces a superb saving tackle to halt the winger just short of the line.

15 mins: Anxious moments for Scotland as Fiji kick forward and Kenny Logan does brilliantly to clear.

13 mins: Fiji strike as their backs get into their stride for the first time. The officials fail to spot an apparent forward pass in the build-up and Rupeni Caucaunibuca charges through three tackles to touch down. Nicky Little slots the conversion.
Scotland 0-7 Fiji.

10 mins: Seru Rabeni puts in huge tackle to halt Scotland's progress and Kenny Logan is forced to put in a fine clearing kick.

8 mins: Fiji win their first line-out and mount a promising attack which is halted by a knock-on from winger Rupeni Caucaunibuca, back in the side after his two-match ban for punching French flanker Olivier Magne.

5 mins: Scotland are penalised for not releasing after a quick Fijian attack, and it is Fiji's turn to slip up as Nicky Little pulls his kick wide of the posts.

4 mins: Scotland continue to dominate the early exchanges but Chris Paterson squanders a chance to put them ahead with a penalty which bounces back off the left upright.

1 min: Scotland win an untidy first line-out but Chris Paterson wastes possession with a high kick that drifts over the dead-ball line.

0507 GMT: After the Scottish and Fijian national anthems, the Fiji players perform their pre-match war dance. Scotland's Chris Paterson then gets the game under way with a long drop-kick.

0500: Scotland and Fiji run out on to the pitch at Sydney's Aussie Stadium for a do-or-die Pool B encounter which promises to be one of the most thrilling matches of the Rugby World Cup.

The Scots have looked well below par so far and were roundly beaten 51-9 by a well drilled France side in Sydney last week.


Scotland: G Metcalfe; S Danielli, G Townsend, A Henderson, K Logan; C Paterson, B Redpath (capt); T Smith, G Bulloch, B Douglas; N Hines, S Grimes; R Beattie, C Mather, S Taylor
Replacements: R Russell, G McIlwham, J White, J Petrie, M Blair, J McLaren, B Hinchelwood

Fiji: N Ligairi; A Tuilevu, E Ruivadra, S Rabeni, R Caucaunibuca; N Little, M Raulini; J Veitayaki, G Smith, I Rasili; A Naevo, I Rawaqa; A Doviverata (capt), K Sewabu, V Maimuri
Replacements: N Seru, S Tawake, S Koyamaibole, K Salawa, J Raulini, I Nacewa, F Delasau




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