Robinson’s Reign Over As Tonga Upset Scotland

by Paul Cook - The improvement of Pacific Island rugby in recent years continued at the weekend with Tonga claiming an historic 21-15 victory over Scotland in Aberdeen, a result which led to Scottish head coach Andy Robinson walking away from his post. The Tongans rode their luck at times with a heavy penalty count against them in the first half failing to be punished by Scotland’s unwillingness to kick for the posts – an admirable tactic which grew increasingly pig headed with each non-scoring minute. As with their previous games this Autumn, errors from Scotland gave their opponents some early momentum but Greig Laidlaw equalised an early 3pts from Fangatapu Apikotoa to steady the ship. With Tonga repeatedly infringing under pressure, he could/should have built up a healthy lead through the boot but the Scots constantly sought grea
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