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08th June 2014 05:10

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Solo try: Stuart Hogg

An early Tim Visser try saw Scotland on their way to a 24-6 victory over the USA at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Saturday.

The Scots were dominant, but made rather hard work of their win in the sweltering Houston heat against an Eagles side that is on the up in world rugby.

Visser bagged his team's first after a super sniping dart from skipper Greig Laidlaw, who had opened the scoring with a penalty, to finish off in the corner, the captain converting.

The scrum-half had already traded penalties with Chris Wyles, before he had the simple task of adding the extras after the Scottish pack won a series of scrum penalties, Olive Kilifi was sent to the sin-bin, and eventually Pascal Gauzere lost patience and headed under the posts.

The Scots could have scored more in the first half, but a combination of poor finishing and stubborn USA defence kept the score to 17-3 at the break.

The second half followed a familiar pattern, with play lit up by a moment of genius from the talented Stuart Hogg. Wyles had momentarily reduced the visitors' lead, before the full-back seized upon a high ball, and took advantage of poor defensive positioning to speed home from long-range.

The scorers:

For USA:
Pens: Wyles 2
Yellow card:Kilifi

For Scotland:
Tries: Visser, Penalty Try, Hogg
Cons: Laidlaw 2
Pen: Laidlaw

The teams:

USA: 15 Chris Wyles, 14 Blaine Scully, 13 Seamus Kelly, 12 Andrew Suniula, 11 Luke Hume, 10 Shalom Suniula, 9 Mike Petri, 8 Cam Dolan, 7 Scott LaValla, 6 Todd Clever (c), 5 Hayden Smith, 4 Louis Stanfill, 3 Eric Fry, 2 Phil Thiel, 1 Oliver Kilifi
Replacements: 16 Tom Coolican, 17 Nick Wallace, 18 Titi Lamositele, 19 Tai Tuisamoa, 20 Danny Barrett, 21 Folau Niua, 22 Chad London, 23 Tim Maupin

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Sean Lamont, 12 Duncan Taylor, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Al Strokosch, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Moray Low, 19 Grant Gilchrist, 20 Kieran Low, 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Max Evans

Referee: Pascal Gauzere (Fra)
Assistant referees: Francesco Pastrana (Arg), Chris Assmus (Can)
TMO: Alan Hosie (Sco)

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