Hard work: Portugal made life difficult for Scotland

SAINT-ETIENNE, 9 September - Scotland scored four second half tries to overcome Portugal 56-10 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Sunday, although they did not have it all their own way against the IRB Rugby World Cup debutants.

Fly half Duarte Cardoso Pinto kicked off this Pool C encounter for Portugal, but the newcomers then found themselves camped in their own half as Scotland created opportunity after opportunity, but failed to finish them off as passes went astray.

Scotland finally made the breakthrough after 13 minutes when a quick tap penalty by number 8 Simon Taylor led to a try for Lamont. The full back added a second minutes later, handing off several defenders to run in.

A third try came in the 25th minute when fly half Dan Parks' cross field kick found hooker Scott Lawson free on the left wing, giving Scotland a 21-0 lead despite some strong defence by the Portuguese.

The biggest cheer, though, was reserved for Pedro Carvalho's 28th minute try for Portugal which came after their first period of prolonged pressure in the Scotland 22. They bravely tapped a penalty and Pinto offloaded for the wing to score and spark huge celebrations.

The euphoria of Portugal's first ever RWC try had barely died down when Scotland centre Rob Dewey broke through to score, but Pinto then kicked a penalty before Portugal had flanker João Uva sin-binned just before half time.

Carvalho thought he had scored a second try while Portugal were down to 14-men, but his celebrations were cut short when he realised referee Steve Walsh (NZL) had ruled him to have been offside when he intercepted a Scottish pass.

Back to full strength with João Uva's return for the loss of no points, Portugal continued to threaten to reduce the deficit even further with the flanker at the heart of their increasing attacks in the Scottish half.

It was Scotland, however, who scored two quick tries just before the hour mark, the first through Parks, before replacement Hugo Southwell touched down his side's sixth.

Scotland added tries by replacements Kelly Brown and Ross Ford, but Portugal could hold their heads high after giving their all on their nation's debut on rugby's biggest stage and causing their more experienced opponents a few problems.

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