Match Centre: Scotland 28-12 Fiji

Adam Hastings was one of the try-scorer for Scotland
Adam Hastings was one of the try-scorer for Scotland

Scotland 28-12 Fiji, Murrayfield Stadium

Scotland managed to overcome a determined Fiji side as they sealed a 28-12 win in their autumn international fixture at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday.

The Dark Blues coming off a 15-16 defeat against Australia were up against their former coach Vern Cotter but were made to work hard with George Turner, Adam Hastings, Duhan van der Merwe and Ben White scoring tries.

Fiji suffered early setback as Ratu Rotuisolia was sin-binned early in the game for a foul play and George Turner went over in the 7th minute at the back of a rolling maul for the first points in the game. Hastings landed the conversion to make it 7-0.

Just as Fiji returned back to full strength they dominated the proceedings as Setariki Tuicuvu, who missed a penalty in the 11th minute went past Stuart Hogg to dive in the corner but his conversion attempt went wide.

The visitors went into the lead for the first time as Rotuisolia made amends for his early sin-bin with a dive on the left and Vilimoni Botitu improved it to make it 7-12.

Around the half-hour mark, former Scotland skipper Stuart Hogg for repeated infringements but Gregor Townsend's men did well not to concede a point. Just as Hogg returned from sin-bin Scotland got their second try at the stroke of the break as Hastings touched down after collecting an offload from Ali Price. Hogg also kicked the extras as the teams completed the opening half 14-12 scoreline.

Scotland extended the momentum after the break as van der Merwe collected a long pass from Chris Harris to power over and Blair Kinghorn made his first contribution with a conversion to make it 21-12. Fiji's indiscipline proved costly for them as Vinaya Habosi was sin-binned at the start of the final quarter for a dangerous tackle on Rory Sutherland.

Just as Habosi returned, they were once again down to 14 players with this time Natave yellow carded after Cameron Redpath try was denied for a knock on in the build up. Nevertheless, Ben White scored Scotland's fourth try in the 74th minute followed by Kinghorn's conversion that helped them have a cushion of 16 point lead.

Any chance of a Fiji comeback was put off as they failed to find any more breakthrough despite Scotland's Darcy Graham was sin-binned in the closing stage of the game.

Team line up:

Scotland: Hogg, Graham, Harris, Redpath, Van Der Merwe, Hastings, Price; Schoeman, Turner, Fagerson, R Gray, Gilchrist, Ritchie, Watson, Fagerson

Reserves: Ashman, Sutherland, Walker, J Gray, Depmsey, White, Kinghorn, Tuipulotu

Fiji: Murimurivalu, Tuicuvu, Nayacalevu, Ravouvou, Habosi, Botitu, Lomani; Mawi, Matavesi, Sauto, Mayanavanua, Rotuisolia, Tuisue, Botia, Mata

Reserves: Ikanivere, Natave, Tagi, Ratuniyarawa, Kamikamica, Matawalu, Tela, Maqala