Visser brace inspires Scotland victory

Tim Visser scored a brace of tries as Scotland defeated Fiji

Tim Visser scored a brace of tries as Scotland defeated Fiji

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Tim Visser got his international career off to a perfect start as his two tries helped Scotland to a hard-fought 37-25 victory over Fiji, their second of the tour.

Scotland led 24-11 at half-time in blistering heat in Lautoka thanks to tries from Greig Laidlaw and Visser which sandwiched a penalty try.

Fiji, for whom Josefa Domolailai crossed in the first period, fought back after the break and got scores from Waisea Nayacalevu and Metuisela Talebula, which put them within two points at 27-25 with 12 minutes to play. But Visser claimed his second try eight minutes from the end and Laidlaw converted, taking his personal tally to 22, to settle Scotland nerves.

Fiji took the lead with two early penalties from Jonetani Ralulu before Scotland at last managed to show what they have been threatening all season with a flowing move that sent the ball both ways before Visser, on his debut, was sent clear on the left. He had support inside and though Al Kellock was caught a yard short, Laidlaw was there to pick up and dive over.

Two minutes later, they were at it again. This time is was Max Evans, the wing, who was stopped short. Fiji killed the ball, and from the resulting penalty Scotland went for the scrum, drove almost to the line and were awarded a penalty try when Fiji illegally kicked the ball out inches before it crossed the line.

Laidlaw converted both but it was not the start of a Scottish try-fest, the next score coming at the opposite end of the park where scrum-half Nikola Matawalu nipped through the side of a ruck and slipped the ball inside to Domolailai, the replacement flanker, who was waiting to crash over.

Ralulu missed the conversion, and Scotland were able to stretch their lead with a Laidlaw penalty before the moment all Scottish fans had been waiting for - Visser's first try in Scotland colours. It was set up by another immense scrum drive, before the ball was released wide and Nick De Luca gave him the sort of space that he was never going to squander.

Laidlaw extended the lead with a penalty after the break.They needed it too as Watisoni Votu made a superb solo break to create the threat, finished on the other side of the field by Nayacalevu.

A high kick was tapped back to support and centre Vereniki Goneva raced through the Scotland defence before finding Talebula, for a run to the line from a move that had started on their own 22.

Fiji then failed to handle a high kick under pressure from Matt Scott, which presented Visser with simple run-in for his second try, to wrap up a nervy but satisfying win for Scotland.

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