2012 Scotland rugby union tour of Australia, Fiji and Samoa

In June 2012, the Scotland rugby union team made a tour of Australia, Fiji and Samoa, playing one test match against each.

2012 Scotland rugby union tour of Australia, Fiji and Samoa
Coach(es)Andy Robinson
Tour captain(s)Ross Ford
Top test point scorer(s)Greig Laidlaw (38)
Top test try scorer(s)Tim Visser (2)
Summary
P W D L
Total
03 03 00 00
Test match
03 03 00 00
Opponent
P W D L
 Australia
1 1 0 0
 Fiji
1 1 0 0
 Samoa
1 1 0 0
Tour chronology
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The tour began with Scotland's second consecutive win over Australia, meaning they retained the Hopetoun Cup. (They had beaten Australia 9–8 at Murrayfield in 2009.[1]) Scotland then travelled to Fiji, becoming the first "Tier 1" nation to play a test in a Pacific Island nation since Italy visited Fiji in 2006.[2] Scotland recorded away victories over both Fiji and Samoa.

Scotland were also scheduled to play the New South Wales Waratahs on 10 June, but this match was called off on 11 May as the Waratahs were unable to field a team "due to injuries and the requirements of the Wallabies squad."[3]

SquadEdit

Initial 28-man squad, named on 16 May.[4] Ages and caps correct as of 5 June 2012.

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Ross Ford (c) Hooker (1984-04-23)23 April 1984 (aged 28) 58   Edinburgh
Dougie Hall Hooker (1980-09-24)24 September 1980 (aged 31) 37   Glasgow Warriors
Scott Lawson Hooker (1981-09-28)28 September 1981 (aged 30) 32   Gloucester
Geoff Cross Prop (1982-12-11)11 December 1982 (aged 29) 13   Edinburgh
Ryan Grant Prop (1985-10-08)8 October 1985 (aged 26) 0   Glasgow Warriors
Euan Murray Prop (1980-08-07)7 August 1980 (aged 31) 44   Newcastle Falcons
Jon Welsh Prop (1986-10-13)13 October 1986 (aged 25) 1   Glasgow Warriors
Richie Gray Lock (1989-08-24)24 August 1989 (aged 22) 21   Glasgow Warriors
Alastair Kellock Lock (1981-06-14)14 June 1981 (aged 30) 41   Glasgow Warriors
Tom Ryder Lock (1985-02-21)21 February 1985 (aged 27) 0   Glasgow Warriors
John Barclay Flanker (1986-09-24)24 September 1986 (aged 25) 37   Glasgow Warriors
Rob Harley Flanker (1990-05-26)26 May 1990 (aged 22) 0   Glasgow Warriors
Ross Rennie Flanker (1986-03-29)29 March 1986 (aged 26) 16   Edinburgh
Alasdair Strokosch Flanker (1983-02-21)21 February 1983 (aged 29) 25   Gloucester
Richie Vernon Number 8 (1987-07-07)7 July 1987 (aged 24) 18   Sale Sharks
Mike Blair Scrum-half (1981-04-20)20 April 1981 (aged 31) 80   Edinburgh
Chris Cusiter Scrum-half (1982-06-13)13 June 1982 (aged 29) 59   Glasgow Warriors
Greig Laidlaw Scrum-half (1985-10-12)12 October 1985 (aged 26) 7   Edinburgh
Duncan Weir Fly-half (1991-05-10)10 May 1991 (aged 21) 1   Glasgow Warriors
Joe Ansbro Centre (1985-10-29)29 October 1985 (aged 26) 9   London Irish
Nick De Luca Centre (1984-02-01)1 February 1984 (aged 28) 33   Edinburgh
Alex Grove Centre (1987-11-30)30 November 1987 (aged 24) 3   Worcester Warriors
Matt Scott Centre (1990-09-30)30 September 1990 (aged 21) 1   Edinburgh
Max Evans Wing (1983-09-12)12 September 1983 (aged 28) 28   Castres
Sean Lamont Wing (1981-01-15)15 January 1981 (aged 31) 65   Scarlets
Tim Visser Wing (1987-05-29)29 May 1987 (aged 25) 0   Edinburgh
Tom Brown Fullback (1990-03-31)31 March 1990 (aged 22) 0   Edinburgh
Stuart Hogg Fullback (1992-06-24)24 June 1992 (aged 19) 4   Glasgow Warriors

The following players were called up during the tour:

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Alex Dunbar[5] Centre (1990-04-23)23 April 1990 (aged 22) 0   Glasgow Warriors
Stuart McInally[5] Number 8 (1990-09-09)9 September 1990 (aged 21) 0   Edinbugh
Moray Low (for Jon Welsh[6]) Prop (1984-11-28)28 November 1984 (aged 27) 15   Glasgow Warriors

MatchesEdit

Australia v ScotlandEdit

5 June 2012
19:30 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   6–9   Scotland
Pen: Harris (2/2) 32', 42'
Report[7] Pen: Laidlaw (3/4) 22', 27', 80'
Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
Attendance: 20,088
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
FB 15 Luke Morahan
RW 14 Joe Tomane
OC 13 Anthony Fainga'a
IC 12 Mike Harris
LW 11 Digby Ioane
FH 10 Berrick Barnes
SH 9 Will Genia
N8 8 Scott Higginbotham
OF 7 David Pocock (c)
BF 6 Dave Dennis   65'
RL 5 Nathan Sharpe
LL 4 Sitaleki Timani   54'
TP 3 Dan Palmer   70'
HK 2 Stephen Moore
LP 1 James Slipper
Replacements:
HK 16 Saia Fainga'a
PR 17 Ben Alexander   70'
LK 18 Rob Simmons   54'
FL 19 Michael Hooper   65'
SH 20 Nick Phipps
CE 21 Pat McCabe
WG 22 Adam Ashley-Cooper
Coach:
  Robbie Deans
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Joe Ansbro
OC 13 Nick De Luca
IC 12 Matt Scott
LW 11 Sean Lamont   38'
FH 10 Greig Laidlaw
SH 9 Mike Blair   63'
N8 8 John Barclay
OF 7 Ross Rennie
BF 6 Alasdair Strokosch
RL 5 Richie Gray
LL 4 Alastair Kellock
TP 3 Euan Murray
HK 2 Ross Ford (c)
LP 1 Ryan Grant
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson
PR 17 Jon Welsh
LK 18 Tom Ryder
N8 19 Richie Vernon
SH 20 Chris Cusiter   63'
FH 21 Duncan Weir
FB 22 Tom Brown   38'
Coach:
  Andy Robinson

Touch judges:
Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Keith Brown (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

Fiji v ScotlandEdit

16 June 2012
14:00 (UTC+12)
Fiji   25–37   Scotland
Try: Domolailai 24' m
Nayacalevu 48' c
Talebula 64' c
Con: Ralulu (2/3)
Pen: Ralulu (2/3) 5', 7'
Report[8] Try: Laidlaw 16' c
Penalty try 21' c
Visser (2) 36' c, 72' c
Con: Laidlaw (4/4)
Pen: Laidlaw (3/3) 32', 46', 69'
Churchill Park, Lautoka
Attendance: 15,000[9]
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
FB 15 Isimeli Koniferedi   60'
RW 14 Waisea Nayacalevu
OC 13 Vereniki Goneva
IC 12 Aloisio Buto   58'
LW 11 Watisoni Votu
FH 10 Jonetai Ralulu
SH 9 Nikola Matawalu   66'
N8 8 Netani Talei (c)
OF 7 Malakai Ravulo   17'
BF 6 Iliesa Ratuva   70'
RL 5 Leone Nakarawa
LL 4 Apisai Naikatini
TP 3 Setefano Somoca
HK 2 Viliame Veikoso   60'
LP 1 Jerry Yanuyanutawa   58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Talemaitoga Tuapati   60'
PR 17 Waisea Nailago   58'
FL 18 Josefa Domolailai   17'
LK 19 Kelepi Ketedromo   70'
SH 20 Nemia Kenatale   66'
WG 21 Kameli Ratuvou   58'
FB 22 Metuisela Talebula   60'
Coach:
  Inoke Male
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Max Evans   62'
OC 13 Nick De Luca
IC 12 Matt Scott
LW 11 Tim Visser
FH 10 Greig Laidlaw   77'
SH 9 Mike Blair   55'
N8 8 John Barclay   58'
OF 7 Ross Rennie
BF 6 Alasdair Strokosch
RL 5 Richie Gray   78'
LL 4 Alastair Kellock
TP 3 Euan Murray   66'
HK 2 Ross Ford (c)   77'
LP 1 Ryan Grant
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson   77'
PR 17 Geoff Cross   66'
LK 18 Tom Ryder   78'
FL 19 Richie Vernon   58'
SH 20 Chris Cusiter   55'
FH 21 Duncan Weir   77'
WG 22 Sean Lamont   62'
Coach:
  Andy Robinson

Touch judges:
Ian Smith (Australia)
Andrew Lees (Australia)

  • Tim Visser made his debut for Scotland, only four days after becoming eligible by completing three years' residency.

Samoa v ScotlandEdit

23 June 2012
15:30 (UTC+12)
Samoa   16–17   Scotland
Try: Pisi 61' c
Con: Pisi (1/1) 62'
Pen: Pisi (2/3) 23', 42'
Drop: Pisi 15'
Report[10] Try: Ansbro 17' c
Rob Harley 78' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/2) 18', 79'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/1) 51'
FB 15 Fa'atoina Autagavai
RW 14 Paul Perez
OC 13 Fautua Otto   28'
IC 12 Paul Williams
LW 11 David Lemi (c)
FH 10 Tusi Pisi
SH 9 Kahn Fotuali'i   79'
N8 8 Kane Thompson
OF 7 Maurie Fa'asavalu
BF 6 Ben Masoe   58'
RL 5 Daniel Crichton   40'
LL 4 Fa'atiga Lemalu
TP 3 Census Johnston   40'   73'   76'
HK 2 Ti'i Paulo   64'
LP 1 Sakaria Taulafo   73'   76'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ole Avei   64'
PR 17 Logovi'i Mulipola   40'
LK 18 Joe Tekori   40'
FL 19 Afa Aioni   58'
SH 20 Jeremy Su'a   79'
FH 21 Ki Anufe
FB 22 Lolo Lui   28'
Coach:
  Stephen Betham
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Sean Lamont
OC 13 Joe Ansbro   58'
IC 12 Matt Scott
LW 11 Tim Visser
FH 10 Greig Laidlaw
SH 9 Chris Cusiter   44'
N8 8 Richie Vernon   63'
OF 7 Ross Rennie
BF 6 Alasdair Strokosch
RL 5 Alastair Kellock   70'
LL 4 Richie Gray
TP 3 Euan Murray
HK 2 Ross Ford (c)   64'
LP 1 Ryan Grant
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Lawson   64'
PR 17 Geoff Cross
LK 18 Tom Ryder   70'
FL 19 Rob Harley   63'
SH 20 Mike Blair   44'
FH 21 Duncan Weir
WG 22 Max Evans   58'
Coach:
  Andy Robinson

Touch judges:
Ian Smith (Australia)
Andrew Lees (Australia)

  • Originally, New Zealand referee Chris Pollock was meant to referee this match, but due to injury, Jaco Peyper of South Africa took over. He is the same referee who refereed both the Australia and the Fiji game.
  • It was announced just 50 minutes before kick off that Nick De Luca was out of the match due to thigh strain, and would be replaced by Joe Ansbro.

Tour statisticsEdit

Player Position Start Rep Unused
Rep
Minutes
Played
Tries Cons Pens Drops Yellow
cards
Red
cards
Total
points
Ross Ford Hooker 3 0 0 221 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dougie Hall Hooker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scott Lawson Hooker 0 2 1 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Geoff Cross Prop 0 1 1 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Grant Prop 3 0 0 240 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Moray Low Prop 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Euan Murray Prop 3 0 0 226 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jon Welsh Prop 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Richie Gray Lock 3 0 0 238 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alastair Kellock Lock 3 0 0 230 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tom Ryder Lock 0 2 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
John Barclay Flanker 2 0 0 138 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rob Harley Flanker 0 1 0 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
Ross Rennie Flanker 3 0 0 240 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alasdair Strokosch Flanker 3 0 0 240 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stuart McInally Number 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Richie Vernon Number 8 1 1 1 85 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Blair Scrum-half 2 1 0 154 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Cusiter Scrum-half 1 2 0 86 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greig Laidlaw Scrum-half 3 0 0 237 1 6 7 0 0 0 38
Duncan Weir Fly-half 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Ansbro Centre 2 0 0 138 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
Nick De Luca Centre 2 0 0 160 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Dunbar Centre 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Grove Centre 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Scott Centre 3 0 0 240 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Evans Wing 1 1 0 84 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sean Lamont Wing 2 1 0 136 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tim Visser Wing 2 0 0 160 2 0 0 0 0 0 10
Tom Brown Fullback 0 1 0 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stuart Hogg Fullback 3 0 0 240 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Penalty try - - - - - 1 - - - - - 5
Total - - - - - 6 6 7 0 0 0 63

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Australia 6-9 Scotland". 5 June 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ "Inbound tours return for Pacific Islands" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 15 June 2012. Archived from the original on 18 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  3. ^ Scottish Rugby Team Website – Scotland Summer Tour Update Scottish Rugby Union. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012
  4. ^ Five uncapped players named in Scotland summer tour squad Archived 20 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine Scottish Rugby Union. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  5. ^ a b Duo called up to Scotland squad Scottish Rugby Union. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012
  6. ^ Welsh ruled out of Scotland tour Scottish Rugby Union. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012
  7. ^ "Australia 6-9 Scotland". 5 June 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Fiji 25-37 Scotland". 16 June 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  9. ^ Rugby Union – ESPN Scrum – Fiji v Scotland at Lautoka, June 16, 2012 ESPN Scrum. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Samoa 16-17 Scotland". 23 June 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.

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