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Laidlaw Kicks Penalty

In the historic fifth contest, and the first played since 2008, Scotland held on for a narrow 19-17 win over home team Canada, the first match played in Canada. The Scots hardly resembled a Tier-1 nation with a long and celebrated rugby past. They led 13-8 at halftime. Greg Laidlaw scored 11 points for Scotland from a conversion and three penalties.

Late in the second half Canada was ahead 17-16 with time running out, and loyal Canadian fans anticipated a rare victory against one of the Home Countries. With five minutes remaining, Canada received another penalty within kicking distance after the referee’s video review reversed the call in Scotland’s favor. Maple Leafs flanker Jebb Sinclair was sent off for elbowing Scotland replacement flyhalf Ruaridh Jackson. Hogg made the penalty, and Scotland escaped with a disappointing 19-17 victory.

The Scots head south to play Argentina next week and will have to show improvement if they are to be considered competitive in 2015’s Rugby World Cup. The Canadians, losers to Japan and Scotland, will meet the Eagles this Saturday Sacramento.

Canada: Pritchard, Hassler, Hearn, Blevins, Paris, Jones, Mack, Buydens, Carpenter, Marshall, Hotson, Cudmore, Sinclair, Moonlight, Ardron.Replacements: van der Merwe for Paris (46), McRorie for Mack (71), Tiedemann for Buydens (55), Barkwill for Carpenter (59). Not Used: Ilnicki, Gilmour, Phelan, Braid. Sent Off: Sinclair (76).Scotland: Hogg, Maitland, Lamont, Horne, Visser, Russell, Laidlaw, Reid, Lawson, M. Low, Gray, Gilchrist, Strokosch, Brown, Beattie, Jackson.Replacements: Evans for Visser (76), Jackson for Russell (65), Cross for M. Low (49), Cowan for Strokosch (31), K. Low for Brown (49), Bryce for Beattie (63), Hart for Jackson (77). Not Used: Traynor.

Attendance: 18,788 - Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)

Reminder: Saturday: USA vs Canada, Bonney Field, Sacramento, CA. Television: 3 p.m. Pacific Time, Universal Sports Network