New Scotland coach Andy Robinson got his tenure off to a winning start with a comfortable 23-10 victory over Fiji at Murrayfield.
The Scots got off to a great start and were good value for their 16-0 lead with time almost up in the first half. But they allowed the islanders back into the game when winger Vereniki Goneva crossed the line for his side’s only try of the game and Nicky Little’s conversion cut the deficit to just nine points at the break.
An early and controversial second-half try from centre Graeme Morrison put the hosts in a winning position. Yet despite the promise shown in the first half, Scotland were unable to kick on and close out the victory their set piece dominance deserved.
Flyhalf Phil Godman produced yet another superb performance in front of the sticks he slotted two conversions and three penalties for a personal haul of 12 points.
Robinson will be pleased with the result and some facets of his side’s play, but ultimately the former England mentor will be slightly disappointment with his players’ accuracy and some of the penalties they conceded.
By Andrew Worling