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Rugby Union: PATERSON SICKENER; INTERNATIONAL RUGBY: SAMOA 3 SCOTLAND 38 First win in SIX months marred by horror facial injury to Chris.


CHRIS Paterson suffered an horrific facial injury as Scotland finally gave coach Matt Williams his first win.

Scotland ended a seven-match losing streak with a five-try demolition of Samoa, but the price was a suspected fractured cheekbone which could spell the end of Paterson's tour.

The former skipper had kicked 11 points before he was floored in the 63rd minute.

A fracture would add Paterson to the lengthy casualty list for this tour, but if scans reveal the bone is displaced he may yet make the double header against the Wallabies.

Williams said: "The Paterson situation is a huge worry because he is one player we can ill afford to be without.

"The bone is either dislocated, broken or dented and Chris can't fly to Australia until the medics find out exactly what the problem is."

Paterson was injured in a collision with an opponent in a ruck during the second half, but there was no suggestion it had been done maliciously.

His addition to the casualty list capped a miserable week for Williams. Robbie Kydd, Tom Philip, Cammy Mather and Euan Murray have all been counted out for the remainder of the trip.

But even the latest blow to a rapidly thinning Scotland squad could not take away their delight at breaking a run of losses that goes back to the World Cup last November.

Williams said: ""We said we would earn a win. The other games we haven't deserved a win, but I said to the team this week 'we are ready''and especially in our defence tonight we showed that.

"My feeling is one of pleasure for the team who have shown faith in the system.

"They have been loyal to that and they have been rewarded.

"Their defence was particularly effective and the fact that they conceded no tries was just as satisfying as scoring five themselves."

Skipper Scott Murray, who was singled out for praise by Williams, said: "It is a tremendous feeling to win after seven defeats on the trot. It was good to play the way we had trained.

"Previously, when we were under pressure, we went back to the old ways of booting the ball away aimlessly.

"While the result is hugely pleasing, we will need to step up our act for the matches against Australia."

Gordon Ross, dropped from the World Cup squad, was the mastermind behind Williams' first win as coach.

The Leeds playmaker sparked the revival by snatching the first Scottish try - then setting up the second for Ben Hinshelwood.

With just seconds of the first half remaining, Ross scuttled through a half-gap to claim the opening touchdown - only for Paterson's conversion to crash back from the upright.

That was after Paterson's boot had edged Scotland in front after Samoa took an early lead through a Roger Warren penalty after Stuart Grimes had held on.

Better was to come for Scotland as they created another try immediately after the restart.

Andy Henderson and Bruce Douglas combined cleverly to take the ball to within a couple of metres of the target.

It was slickly recycled before Ross's huge looping pass cut out three Samoan defenders, giving Hinshelwood plenty of time to slither in at the corner.

The Samoans were finally killed off in the lashing rain by further scores from Ally Hogg, Simon Webster and Mike Blair.

Williams used his replacements well to keep the heat on the Samoans even after the result was | safe.

He said: "When we scored the second try of the second half we didn't lose focus, we defended extremely well, we were very committed.

"We held them out right to the end.

"It was great for us to go through that long period of defence after we had a good lead. Perhaps during the Six Nations we would have switched off, so there were lots of plusses.

"We definitely didn't want to let a try in and we definitely didn't want to let a try in late, even when the game was won, because of pride.

"It doesn't matter what the score is, you have standards. They showed commitment right to the end."

SAMOA - Pen: Warren

SCOTLAND - Tries: Ross, Hinshelwood, Hogg, Webster, Blair. Cons: Paterson, Parks. Pens: Paterson 3.

SAMOA: Vili; Fa'atau, Rasmussen (s68 Schuster), Lima, Tagicakibau, Warren (s72 Senio), So'oialo (s53 Lemi); Lealamanua (s79 Leupolu), Meredith, Leupolu (s53 Lemalou), Lafaiali'i, Palepoi (s43 von Dincklage), Vaili, Ulia (s53 Viliamu), Sititi (capt).

SCOTLAND: Paterson (s68 Southwell); Lamont, Hinshelwood, Henderson, Webster; Ross (s72 Parks), Cusiter (Blair 79); T Smith (s43 C Smith), Bulloch, (s79 Scott) Douglas, Grimes (Fullarton 79), Murray (capt), White, Macfadyen, Hogg.

Referee: K Deaker (New Zealand).


SAM GOING: Craig Smith, left, celebrates at the whistle along with Andrew Henderson, Simon Webster, Ally Hogg and Hugo Southwell, above; while Webster salutes his second half try, right; WINNERS: Matt Williams celebrates with No.2 Willie Anderson; BATTERED PRIDE: Chris Paterson nurses his injured face during Scotland's win
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 5, 2004
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