Weight of history in Scotland's favour
November 21, 2012
Gordon Ross makes a break against Tonga back in 2001 © PA Photos
Tonga travel to Aberdeen on Saturday to face Scotland in what will be the third meeting between the two sides.
Scotland first met Tonga during the 1995 World Cup in Pretoria and it was Jim Telfer's men who prevailed 41-5. The Hastings brothers - Gavin and Scott - scored a try apiece while No.8 Eric Peters also scored. But it was the boot of Gavin Hastings that propelled Scotland to their triumph with the fullback knocking over a conversion and eight penalties.
And they renewed their rivalry in 2001 at Murrayfield and again it was Scotland who emerged the victors thanks to their 43-20 triumph. James McLaren, Glenn Metcalfe, Roland Reid and Gordon Simpson all scored with Gordon Ross nudging over five penalties and converting all four scores.
Scotland v Tonga - Match Stats:
Played 2; Scotland won 2; Tonga won 0; drawn 0
First Test: Scotland 41-5 Tonga, Pretoria, South Africa, 1995
Latest Test: Scotland 43-20 Tonga, Murrayfield, Scotland, 2001
Scotland's largest winning margin: 37 points - Scotland 41-5 Tonga, Pretoria, South Africa, 1995
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